Works by Ghada Amer and Kimsooja are part of the exhibition 'Breaking the Monument. Images of Resistance' at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, which gathers subtle but sharp works by female artists attacking consisting symbolism and iconography.
It focuses on the phenomenon of a new kind of monument that appears in the digital age: superficially attractive signs and pleasant looking symbols spreading through social media, that can be of great manipulating and conditioning power. Kimsooja’s 'Deductive Object' (2007) consists of French baguette trolleys filled with 'Bottari', traditional Korean bundles made from bedcovers to wrap up personal belongings while travelling. They have become a symbol not only for the artist’s nomadic life but also for displacement in times of globalisation.
Ghada Amer is mostly known for her embroidered paintings explicitly depicting female eroticism and questioning established power structures and gender stereotypes. In ceramic sculptures titled 'Thoughts' the artist visualises swirling minds shaping strings of clay with her left hand.
Together with works by Ana Laura Aláez, Canal Al Dowayan, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Claudia Peña Salinas, Marinella Senatore, María María Acha-Kutscher they enter a discourse on pre-established images. In all their diversity these artists share an iconoclastic approach. Uniting reason with emotion they subvert symbols and create new images of resistance.
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Credits: exhibition views of "Breaking the Monument. Images of Resistance", CGAC – Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, 2021 © the artists. Courtesy CGAC. Photos Manu Suarez. Video courtesy CGAC.