We’re proud to announce our first online exclusive exhibition on Artsy.net, Go Figure! We decided to tackle an important issue with this one, particularly as the messaging behind some art can be misinterpreted, but is too important to be lost.
In a time when women’s rights are under attack, artists are taking the stage to spread the message of equality and to fight back. Go Figure! features three artists hailing from France and Florida, who each use the photographic lens to offer an alternative approach to how society frames women.
Bordeaux, France based Emmanuel Gimeno aims to change the way men view women; to shift our perspective toward respect and equality over objectification, and wrap it in a melancholy, sometimes Freudian visual presentation. He describes his feelings that inspired the “You Don’t Own Me” triptych:
“I always hated the way many men perceive women; the way they look at them, the way they talk about them. the way they treat them. I love watching women expressing resistance these days… it’s about fucking time.”
Bruno Fournier traveled to the northern coast of France with a model and a box of unexpected props to shoot his “Rochers” series. As a film photographer, he never knows how the image will turn out until he’s in the dark room, so he has his models lead the way and utilize the props as far as their imagination will carry them. This very act of liberation leads to powerful images that demonstrate not only the photographer’s skill, but the subject’s strong will. Likewise, Bruno did all of the image superimpositions and tricks with scale in his “REBOOT “series manually with film, so the models did not have an assignment beyond the cue to be free. “REBOOT” aims to do just that: reset women’s relationship with domestic space, liberating them from their role as housewives by assertively using the domestic appliances as they wish. Fournier’s use of disproportionate scale in this body of work mocks consumerist society, and explores the courageous, dignified, and mischievous struggle in which women engage every day to deconstruct the vestiges of male domination.
Richard Logan celebrates the beauty of freedom in his work, juxtaposing the hard-edge quality of his chosen materials: aluminum, glass, and his trusty DSLR, with the sinewy forms of women donning organic patterned silks and playful poses. His compositions express joy, contemplation, and female empowerment.
These different approaches to a subject that spans the ages provide a fresh perspective on the female figure as a powerful image; one that symbolizes strength, determination, and liberation. Rare Tempo is proud to represent artists who embed their artwork with timely and significant messaging, and we hope you want to support them too!
Check out the show now through the end of June on Artsy!