‘Reflecting Women’ focuses on the concept of female identity. When Simone de Beauvoir declared that “one is not born but rather becomes a woman”, she implied that gender is in no way a stable identity, a fixed structure, but is built continuously over time. The exhibition, held in the wake of the Golden Lion won by three female artists of the Lithuanian Pavilion in the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, intends to start the reflection on one of the most controversial issues of recent times – female identity – through the eyes of one of the most renowned artists of the Lithuanian art scene Kristina Inčiūraitė. The title itself indicates a reflection on gender, a genre generally established through the stylization of the body. Reflecting expresses not only the analysis of the female figure, but also a reflection understood as a perception that each of us has through the observation of others. In fact, nobody can observe herself/ himself, except in a mirror, but a mirror can also show a distorted image, like the one that every woman receives and absorbs from the female iconography of contemporary society.
In her works, Kristina Inčiūraitė often explores the condition of becoming a woman, and ‘Reflecting Women’ also deepens every woman’s awareness of her own role, highlighting the social and political issues related to the female figure. Paradoxically, the woman is shown through bodily absence, and the only thing that remains is her voice.
Curator: Benedetta Carpi De Resmini
AlbumArte, Rome, Italy
17 September – 26 October, 2019
Exhibition catalogue published by Iacobelli editore (October, 2019)
Photography: Sebastiano Luciano, courtesy of AlbumArte