The curatorial project A Feminine Lexicon took inspiration from Women in Balance, an exhibition curated by Stefania Ricci and Elvira Valleri that will open at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo today on May 20, 2022 at museo.ferragamo.com.
by IMF News Desk. Cover image: Johanna Toruño, Sisterhood Over Capitalism, Sisterhood is Medicine, 2017. Digital poster. Courtesy of the artist
While Women in Balance celebrates the history of Italian women during the economic boom, a historical moment of rapid changes for women’s role in society, A Feminine Lexicon will continue the conversation of what is considered feminine today through the works of eleven international contemporary artists.
A Feminine Lexicon aims to involve feminine artists from different backgrounds and cultures, expanding the geographical boundaries from Europe to America, from South Africa to Indonesia, and many more corners of the world, to offer a broader vision of the issues raised in the Women in Balance exhibition.
Haruka Sakaguchi & Griselda San Martin, Anna Weng, Typecast Role: China Doll, 2018. Digital Photography, Courtesy of Haruka Sakaguchi & Griselda San Martin.
By bringing together different identities and individual stories within the same curatorial setting, an attempt has been made to create a transnational lexicon that is heterogeneous and incomplete, yet able to home in on multiple aspects of contemporary women’s identities.
The digital exhibition is developed through various sections. Three different lexicons were chosen to highlight three subjects shared among the featured artists: the kins, the representations, and the struggles of feminine identities today.
Alice Visentin, Interiority, 2020-2021. Plaster, oil, enamel on linen canvas on wooden silhouette. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano. Courtesy of the artist and Castello di Perno.
These three lexicons are chapters of this digital exhibition, chosen to highlight how feminine identities bond and create ties in and outside their family; how they take control of their narrative, image, and representation; and how they honor their struggles and fights and persevere. Three keywords to create a multifaceted glossary of contemporary feminine identity.
Therefore, please join us today in visiting A Feminine Lexicon at museo.ferragamo.com to experience the works of the following artists:
Monia Ben Hamouda, Stacey Gillian Abe, Helena Hladilová, Lebohang Kganye, ChongYan Liu, Reba Maybury, Alfiah Rahdini, Haruka Sakaguchi, Griselda San Martin, Johanna Toruño, Alice Visentin.
A Feminine Lexicon is an online exhibition curated by Pia Diamandis and Elena Tortelli, students in Arts Curating at Istituto Marangoni Firenze for Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, available from May 20 at museo.ferragamo.com.