1 / 6       Yoko Ono & John Lennon, Bed In for Peace, 1969.
2 / 6       Gina Pane, Azione sentimentale, 1973.
3 / 6       Valie Export, Smart Export, 1970.
4 / 6       Orlan, Smiley blood test with an harlequin's hat, 5th surgery performance titled Operation opera, July 6th, 1991.
5 / 6       Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1964. Performed by Yoko Ono, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, March 21st, 1965. © Minoru Niizuma. Courtesy Lenon Photo Archive, New York.
6 / 6       Shirin Neshat, Pulse, 2001.

Women in Action

With the exhibition GESTURES – Women in Action that will be held from February 6 to April 10, 2016, Merano Arte presents 40 works – photographs, videos, objects, collages – that are a representative cross-section of female Body Art from the 1960s until today.
The works explore the complex topic of the female body that is used as a primary means of expressing protest and insubordination against the prevailing values. Not only works by the main exponents of the 1960s and 1970s Body & Performance Art will be shown – Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, Valie Export, Yayoi Kusama, Ana Mendieta, Gina Pane, Carolee Schneemann, Charlotte Moorman, and Orlan – but also those by the contemporary artists Sophie Calle, Jeanne Dunning, Regina José Galindo, Shirin Neshat, Silvia Camporesi, and Odinea Pamici. Many of these works are fleeting and meant to be so, as they are closely related to the here and now of their making, not only embedded in a specific temporal and socio-cultural context and thus essentially conceptional works that have lasted as representations in the form of photographs and films or objects used for actions. The exhibition traces the intricate paths of an approach with which the protagonists of the Body Art movement changed the course of contemporary art decisively. It was important to lift the borders between theater, actions, messages, and art in order to reveal the various facets of the living conditions of women in the world. Through Body Art, women have established themselves as major protagonists of this cultural revolution and underscored their presence in the world of art by communicating their political decision in favor of gender equality during the height of the women's liberation movement all over the world. With their working approach, they intended to eliminate the distance between the artist and her audience, thus turning art into the basis of social communication, into a mirror and laboratory of the changes that were taking place. The audience was no longer a crowd of passive viewers, but an essential element of the work of art.
Curated by Valerio Dehò, the exhibition is organised in collaboration with The Cultural Broker and 123 Art, and it will be inaugurated on Friday February 5th, 2016, at 7 pm.

GESTURES - Women in action
Merano Arte, im Haus der Sparkasse, via Portici, 163 - Merano (Italy)
6 February – 10 April 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm | closed on Mondays
admission fee: 6,00 € | reduced prize 5,00 € for senior citizens and guestcard holders | reduced prize 2,00 € for students up to age 26 | free for children up to age 14
info: +39 (0)473 212643

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published on 2016-01-29 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS


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