Sat 2 Dec 2023 to Sun 7 Jan 2024
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Art embraces diverse thoughts under its mission to support creative freedom with minimal filtering. Art deserves a valued place in the historical record as it allows us to interpret the rawness of the society we belong to. Women are portrayed in a variety of ways in art more so than in any other genres. Then what does ‘femininity’ mean and how is it expressed today?
Gallery EM chose ‘femininity’ as the topic of our final exhibition of 2023. The exhibition explores how female artists express femininity in their work and offers a platform to rethink the meaning of femininity and create discourses around the subjects through their work. Existing as the ‘second sex’ defined by society and others, places women on the antipodal position from masculinity as objective existence. Contemporary society pursues a way of living beyond gender issues, where individuals seek to live in their own way of being. This does not shed from the gender stereotypes but is in fact erroneously negating the gender differences. This approach does not respect nor comprehend the differences but rather feels like another form of oppression. The eight artists presented in the exhibition freely depict their individual thoughts on femininity through their works. The female figures in their works are portrayed in painting styles from realistic, metaphorical, and at times abstract. The artists address their own identity issues as women rather than passively being objectified from the gaze of the other sex (male artist). They assert in defining and naming the immutable qualities of gender differences. The purpose of art is not to offer a solution to a problem but to share the awareness of the issues at hand in various aspects of society and pursue a better world. Like these artworks with diverse colors and forms of aesthetics, femininity in contemporary society is not a single unified form but alights with individual uniqueness. Through the works, we hope you can aspire to go beyond the socially driven and one-sided frame of visuals and values of femininity. Instead, we hope you experience your own existence as a protagonist, actively pioneering your own presence with free will.
“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
Simone de Beauvoir