Das Weibliche (The Female )
GALERIE HEIKE STRELOW
14 July – 2 September 2023
ANA DÉVORA | ELA FIDALGO | SAM JACKSON | SUWON LEE | ALEJANDRO MONGE | LARA PADILLA | DANA SHERWOOD
At a time, when gender roles are being redefined and gender equality is being sought, it is also necessary to reflect on what constitutes the concept of the feminine (des Weiblichen) today. The topic is very complex, as it is strongly determined by social constructions and cultural norms that are subject to permanent change. Even though the topic is ultimately inseparable from the role of women in society, the exhibition, which is to be the prelude to a series of group exhibitions on this topic, would like to focus primarily on the physical aspects of the feminine. This is connected with a variety of questions that have always been of importance across epochs and cultures and are still controversially discussed today.
The exhibition DAS WEIBLICHE (THE FEMALE) is composed of works by 5 female and 2 male artists from Spain, Venezuela/South Korea, USA and Great Britain. Their paintings and sculptures deal with different aspects of the visualisation, perception and social reception of the female body.
Suwon Lee reminds us in her multi-part work ‘Body of Light’ that female identity is a constant struggle for balance between self-perception and social coding. In this series of photographs based on self-portraits, Lee not only explores the moment of privacy and publicity, but also questions her own body image and female identity, as well as her own multicultural identity as a Venezuelan born of Korean parents. Lee works primarily in photography, focusing on landscapes and cityscapes. Her images attempt to show the relationship between the physical body and the natural world by emphasising space, time and light.