A group show featuring Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg—in dialog with work by AlexandraBircken, Sara Deraedt, Gaylen Gerber, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger, Konrad Klapheck, GhislaineLeung, Senga Nengudi, Ana Pellicer, Richard Rezac, Diane Simpson, and Kathleen White—is now on view at Frac Lorraine.
PAINT, ALSO KNOWN AS BLOOD—WOMEN, AFFECT, AND DESIRE IN CONTEMPORARY PAINTING is a large-scale exhibition “devoted to women whose painting practice re-evaluates stereotypes concerning submission and domination”*
The show—featuring work from Poland and abroad— “takes on the challenge of representing the intensity of the external and internal worlds…
“In the beginning of the 1990s, third-wave feminism introduced a new, sometimes self-mocking and ironic, unconstrained and exhibitionist tone in the debate on the images of women in culture, their social roles and desires, the physiology of their bodies, and identity. The exhibition demonstrates that—despite the advancing digitization and dematerialization occurring in social media—firmly embedded in the body, its pleasures, and traumas, painting remains an exceptionally evocative medium for representing human experience.”
“In the context of current social transformations, the postulates of equal access to reproductive and sexual rights, and the race and class struggles, women’s painting provides an important contemplation on the violence inscribed in the orders of seeing and consuming images—how we look at them, what we see, and how others see us. And yet, this is not the kind of painting that seeks to forcibly instruct, provide current affairs commentary, or to admonish. Rather, it calls for alternative scenarios and, most of all, the freedom of expression and the presence of multiple, intersecting identities…”*