VIOLENCE. Art Decoding Violence
Ferrara, Padiglione d’Arte ContemporaneaApril 22 to June 10 2012
curated by Lola Bonora e Silvia Cirelli
The Science Committee Biennale Donna is working for several months now on the XV edition of the Biennale Donna, planned to take place in the spring of 2012 (April-June).
The appointment with the female contemporary art is taking place in Ferrara since 1984, with the collaboration of the Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art).
After several exhibitions intended to explore female creativity in the strict sense of art, in the last three exhibitions of the Biennale, the Committee considered important to individualize topics related to sociocultural, identity, geopolitical and behavioral problems. Such problems are often present in the esthetical research of today’s international scene of most of the female artists.
Willing to study and develop the thesis previously identified, the Biennale Committee, focused for the XV edition of the exhibition, on the concept of violence, in all its possible meanings. This international exhibition with the presence of artists witch research is based on these themes, improves the problems of violence as an extremely relevant topic in today’s word society.
Violence is an action that could be exercised not only against the individual, but in the most various ways and in the most different contexts: there is family violence, cultural, social and political violence; not respecting the nature is a widespread type of violence today.
The artists invited to the exhibition are:
Valie Export, Austria
In her work the artist often deals with the issue of violence, in all its various and extreme directions. The work selected for the exhibition, Kalashnikov, assembles the artist’s sensibility to the war crimes, the social violence related on war and the trampling on human rights.
In her videos cruel images appear: images that the artist patiently retrieves from the Internet. Such images often pass on under the watchful eye of everyone, but sometimes they are forgotten too soon.
Regina Josè Galindo, Guatemala
The artist was born and still lives in her country. Her art is various, it goes from video to photography, but it meanly evolves performances.
In her work Regina Josè Galindo complaints the social and political situation in her country that continues to worsen and to attack the weakest, like children and women. The works selected for the Biennale Donna reveal offences and violated freedom: truths that have the duty to be told.
Loredana Longo, Italy
Loredana Longo’s research is introspection; it is a reflection of her own image, proposed in photos, installations, videos and performances. Therefore the autobiographical component becomes the artist’s work distinctive.
The family topic is another main subject of the artist’s research, which is narrated with all its contradictions. The house is the place where all these contradictions arise, and where different psychological and social situations take place.
In the last years the project Explosion is where the artist recreates family life scenes, makes them explode so she could recompose their broken pieces. The video related to the installation documents all the passages the artist makes from the destruction to the reconstruction of the family house. This video goes on like this forever thanks to the use of the loop. Thus the private environment becomes a change of forces, examining the different facets of the social relations.
Naiza Khan, Pakistan
The artist works batter down the generational, geographical and gender’s barriers. Naiza Khan often works with photography, drawings and installations. She exalts the paradox of the Pakistan’s society, still too attached to the rigid religion lows. The artist’s sculptures are particularly provocative and suggestive; therefore they engage the lightness of the female underwear with the coldness and the heaviness of the steel.
Yoko Ono, Japan
After the Second World War the artist moves to the United Stated with her family, where she spent the most of her life.
Yoko Ono is one of the first artists that explored the Concept Art and the Performance. She was also the director of several experimental videos.
Lydia Schouten, Holland
After a one year sojournment in New York, the artist remains overdone by the violence and the aggressive lifestyle of the metropolis streets. Lydia Schouten works are marked by that experience and her installations speak about murders, aggressions and crimes, fragments taken from the TV interviews made to killers and from the newspaper clippings.
Nancy Spero, United States
Feminist, artist and radical is a reputation that didn’t preclude her access to the London and New York’s art institutions, these adjectives are not a fire mark as they are in some countries like Italy, where being a feminist today sounds like an insult, or a failure of youth.
With her shouting heads, images of victims and executioners, the artist sees the prevalence of violence, in a men’s world made of wars and phallic bombs.
Courtesy Charim Galerie, Vienna
Regina José Galindo
Regina José Galindo
Courtesy prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milano/Lucca
Floor #5, Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 2012
Naiza H. Khan
Naiza H. Khan
Armour Lingerie IV, 2007
Courtesy l’artista e Rossi & Rossi Ltd
Naiza H. Khan
New Clothes for the Emperor II, 2009
Courtesy l’artista e Rossi & Rossi
A Virus of Sadness, 1990
Courtesy l’artista e Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands
Vulture goddess/Gestapo victim, 1994
Courtesy Galleria Franco Soffiantino