Today I went to the art museum Aros, which is one of my favorite museums, with my aunt.

Textures of Life

We saw a exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos called textures of life. It is so good! She is a very feminist artist and that shows in all of her work.

Her work mostly challenge the traditionally understanding of gender roles, especially the women’s role.

I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to understand the message that Vasconcelos was trying to get across in almost all of her works. I’ve not always understood modern art but I’m working on it and it was nice to see the progress.

I wont say too much about the works, just show you some pictures. But I do encourage you to go see the exhibition if you are in the Aarhus area or if your local modern art museum ever has an exhibition with Vasconelos.

Burka 2002

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Burka protrais the meeting between cutures and the oppression of women through the ages.

Airflow 2001

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This work is a comment on male authority and power, yet also a comment on the male erection.

Call Center 2014-16

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Call center comments on the danger of standardized and manipulative communication. The Beretta-gun leads you thoughts to violence and was as this was the iconic weapon used by the American army in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Flowers of My Desire 1996-2010

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Flowers of My Desires hits at women desires and position in the home. I think it kind of looks like a vagina.

Full Steam Ahead (red, green,yellow) 2012-2014

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This symbolizes lotus flowers and the breathing body.

Marylin 2011

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Marylin shows the two roles women have to play. The house mom and the sex object.

Lilicoptère 2012

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This work was inspired by the miserable life of Marie-Antoinette, who drowned her unhappy marriage with Ludvig the 16th in wastefulness. This was defiantly one of my favorite pieces, I mean who doesn’t love a pink feather covered helicopter?

The Bride 2001-2005

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The bride comments on a society where virginity is a must for an unmarried woman. The chandelier is made of tampons to critics our use-and-throw-away culture.

Strangers in the Night 2000

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This piece assimilates the platitude with the stranger you take home to your bed.

Spin 2001
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Spin is a reference to the story of Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection. The blowdryers start as you step onto the platform, messing with our control of your looks.

Independent Heart (gold, red, black) 2004-2006
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The three heats are made of plastic cutlery and turn around themselves. Vasconcelos personifies the turning hearts creating a love triangle.

Valkyrie Ràn 2016
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This is by far the biggest piece of art I’ve ever seen at AROS. The piece is specially made for AROS and fills the entire foyer. It has references to nordic mythology. In the Valkyrie-series works Vasconcelos with the idea of women beauty and strength.

 

I really enjoyed the exhibition and if you liked reading about it, I think first of all you should go see it yourself because I didn’t include all of the pieces in this post secondly let me know if you would like to see more posts like this.