Performing Society: The Violence of Gender
Why We Recommend it
Through a rich array of works by artists across media, the exhibition The Violence of Gender contests the symbolic castration of women and reclaims the abilities fundamentally denied them.
Curated by German art historian Susanne Pfeffer, this exhibition puts together the work of artists who explore, express and protest violence used against women. Featured in the show are a wide range of artworks including videos, projections, fine art, paintings, photographs, animations and more.
To Pfeffer, the definitions of gender based on symbolic, cultural and physical boundaries can be painful to experience, especially for women. Upbringing, cultural attribution, existing power structures, social codes, religious traditions as well as biological manifestations unite to form a violent normative framework that governs body, sexuality, identity and behaviour.
In view of the national-conservative and rightist discourses currently on the rise all over the world, gender is a domain all the more hotly debated on and the concepts of freedom, plurality, and self-determination more widely discussed.
Pamela Rosenkranz, Sexual Power (Three Viagra Paintings), 2018. Acrylic on aluminium, transparent foil, latex gloves, aluminium, foil, sneakers, bucket, paint bottles. 210 x 150 cm