Art strives to question categorizations but needs them in order for art to remain a legitimate social force. This is the lens that the gallery uses in presenting an all-women exhibition.
What is it that one can sense in purely feminine artwork? Should this concept even rightfully exist anymore? What does art lack in its narrative, being a male-dominated environment? These and many other questions arise when thinking about the binary structure that becomes visible the moment one wants to dismiss it. The 58th Venice Biennale emphasized the importance of including female artists, yet other minorities that hold non-binary gender identities seemed to be left aside. Might our categorizations foster exclusion and reduction? And further, how does our perception of art change upon learning the gender of the artist?
This group exhibition calls on narratives such as that of François Ozon’s 2002 film, 8 Women, which depicts the convergence of eight women from varying circumstances who seek common ground while maintaining pride in their distinctions. Gender identity can both bring us together and highlight our differences, urging us to critically examine the purpose and implications of such labels. Featured in this exhibition is the work of ten artists who identify as women. By presenting these artists under the same roof, we ask viewers to question the cohesion of their messages and decide for themselves what it is that truly binds them together.