closed Kristina Inčiūraitė. Reflecting Women

Curated by: Benedetta Carpi De Resmini

The show

Monday 16 September 2019 from 6.30 pm at AlbumArte - independent space for contemporary art in Rome - opens the exhibition "Reflecting Women", the first solo show in Italy by the Lithuanian artist Kristina Inčiūraitė.
The exhibition, curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini, will remain open until Saturday 26 October.

"Reflecting Women" focuses on the concept of female identity. When Simone de Beauvoir declared "one is not born, but rather becomes a woman", she is stating that gender is in no way a stable identity, a fixed system, but is an individual built in continuity over time. This exhibition, in the aftermath of the Golden Lion won in the 58th edition of the Venice Biennial by the three artists of the Lithuanian pavilion, intends to open a reflection on one of the most controversial themes of recent times, on female identity, through the gaze of one of the most renowned on the Lithuanian scene: Kristina Inčiūraitė.
The title itself indicates a reflection on gender, that genre generally established through the stylization of the body. Reflecting, expresses a reflection on the female figure but also a reflection, understood as the perception that each of us has through the observation of others. In fact, no one can observe himself, except through a mirror, but a mirror can also return a distorted image, such as the one that every woman receives and absorbs from the female iconography of contemporary society.

Through her works, Kristina Inčiūraitė often questions herself about the condition of becoming a woman, and "Reflecting Women" also deepens the awareness that every woman has of her role, highlighting the social and political problems linked to the female figure. Paradoxically, the woman is shown through her bodily absence, what remains of it is the sound of the voice.

At the beginning of the exhibition there is the audio-video installation Desertification (2016), where the voice of a choir of Canadian children emerges like a sandstorm in the desert, reflecting the problems of Syrian refugees. Spinsters (2003), on the other hand, expresses the isolation experienced by some adolescents who grew up in a foster home in Vilnius. June (2015), a two-channel video work, shows a trapped Chinese woman, metaphorically associated with the image of a cricket, an animal widespread in Chinese culture, imprisoned inside a jar. The theme of malaise is also connected with the work The Echo of a Shadow (2015). The experimental documentary, shot in China, questions the rapid urban development that took place in the country and the birth of the phenomenon of ghost towns, through the words and the gaze of the poetesses of imperial China, also revealing the difficulties of being a woman in a country such as the China.

The project was created in collaboration with Latitudo and Kristina Inčiūraitė 's Studio . It was promoted by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Italy and realized thanks to the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture , i-Portunus (project selected and financed by Creative Europe Program) and Lithuanian Culture Institute. Thanks to Casale del Giglio for the wine tasting offered on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition.

Works on display

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