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HER POWER Global Female Contemporary Art Online Exhibition 2021  · Chapter Twelve

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Preface(Chinese only)
HER POWER Curator Cissy Cheung   

「她力量」線上展作為《生命·綻放——第三屆“大愛無疆”全球女性當代藝術展》的姐妹篇,已在2021年國際婦女節拉開了序幕。

 

本活動起源於2018年韓國光州雙年展期間,國際女性藝術聯盟會長會議提出的2021香港展的動議,並在2019年莫斯科的國際女性藝術聯盟大展期間,確定了2021年在香港舉辦國際女性藝術大展的活動。

 

在過去的幾十年里,女性藝術與女性藝術家們在崛起,她們逐漸在學術界,市場,發出聲音,綻放力量——但還遠遠不夠,女性分明擁有更大的,不亞於男性的創造力。因此,我們希望建立一個能夠讓全世界女性綻放光彩的,專業的,學術商業及有社會責任、有影響的女性藝術平臺。

 

籌備期間,世界發生了史無前例的“肺疫”令我們的籌劃陷入了躊躇不前的狀態,我們的計劃無法落地了,但我們的步伐依然、我們的思考不停。 

 

這樣特殊的歷史時期裡,漫長艱辛日子未有時。人間的意外觸發我們對於生命的深層的反思:在有限的生命長度中,女性該如何綻放出力量,以增加生命的厚度和廣度?這也是發起本次展覽活動的重要的思考。

 

而徵集過程中,我們看到了女性藝術傳遞出的豐富且堅韌的千百種「她」力量,她們在不同的國家地區綻放出積極的人生意義;為自己的生命禮讀,為社會思考,為時代畫像,更希望為歷史留下印記。

 

本次活動的前期得到了國際女性藝術家及藝術機構的踴躍參與和支援,特別是得到許多專家學者的支持,還有我們的特邀策展人韓褀老師、楊宜萱博士、黃梅博士,在這期間給了一系列的指導工作;以及感謝陶詠白老師、賈方舟老師、佟玉潔老師等藝術及學術顧問們對本次展覽大力支持和指導。

 

我们始终相信,當一個人對藝術保持永不間斷的熱情和激情,那麼她就賦予了自己生命的青春意義和價值。為藝術而燃燒的心所產生的能量,是任何其他都不可比擬的「她力量」。

藝術的重要特性就是超脫日常的重複。沒有創新和突破,藝術就不復存在。這是一個普遍的共識。

 

從這個共識出發,19世紀,相機的出現生髮出了新的藝術形式——它再現大自然、再現人物的精准超過了筆觸,於是攝影作為一種新型的藝術門類誕生了,繼而電影出現,影像藝術也應運而生。 

 

到了20世紀,觀念藝術誕生,裝置藝術、行為藝術、多媒體藝術初步強大——雖然攝影、影像、裝置、行為、多媒體這些所有的新的藝術形式在西方獲得接受也經歷了時間,但是如今人們回頭望去,它們的發展和被接受完全符合藝術的本質即創新和突破。 

 

從這個意義上來說,西方當代的藝術家們包括女性藝術家們,他們越來越多的人願意用新的媒材去表達。 

 

相反,繪畫作為一種傳統的媒材相對來說不再那麼具有魅力。當下西方各大知名文獻展、雙年展如德國卡塞爾文獻展、威尼斯雙年展、巴西聖保羅雙年展等,所呈現的繪畫作品包括攝影作品只佔其中很少的部分,裝置、行為、影像、新媒體等作品佔據大部分空間。

 

這也與我們此次徵集中所收到的以及挑選出來的參展作品相同——三分之二以上都是攝影、影像、裝置、行為、新媒體作品,而傳統繪畫與雕塑作品的確只占少數。 

 

但這並不代表繪畫在西方以及“死亡”,或者衰弱得即將死亡了。繪畫在西方依然存在、繪畫展覽和收藏在西方也大量存在。 

 

也因此,在此次她力量西方各國女性藝術家作品系列展示中,每一篇我們都將以女性藝術家的繪畫作品作為結尾,這些女性藝術家的繪畫作品將讓您耳目一新,以一件件讓人驚歎的作品展示繪畫還很活躍,沒有死亡,再一次以作品與理論拉開距離。 

 

同時我們還展示來自不同國家的女性藝術家們涵蓋各類媒材與形式的作品,也展示她們作品背後多元的文化與表達。

 

此篇中,我們將展示7位藝術家。

 

來自奧地利的Viktoria Andreeva的攝影作品與來自比利時的Monica Piloni的雕塑作品對比欣賞尤其有意思,兩位不同國度、運用不同媒材創作的女性關注了同一個主題,即人體的肢解、錯位與精神之間的關係,作品具有強烈的觀念性。

 

而來自以色列的Cornelia Renz則是繪畫加拼貼,其內容擷取中世紀歷史隱喻當代,構圖、筆觸幾乎粗狂有力完全不亞於男性。來自克羅地亞的Nikolina Petolas的電腦創作媒材很新穎,內容融合現實與虛幻。而法國女藝術家Jasmine Bannister 的攝影作品則極其細膩。

 

出生於比利時的Tine Deturck現居住法國巴黎,但是她曾多年在中國擁有工作室,她熱愛中國文化,作品中中國水墨的滲透和影響顯而易見。同樣以繪畫為創作重點的還有美國藝術家Kelly Reemtsen。

 

她們通過個人獨到的筆觸、手法、素材,創作出全然不同的個性表達,又讓人深受觸動和啟發。她們彰顯了當代藝術的另一面。 

 

當代藝術通過龐大的資金進行宏大的展示,讓人眼睛發熱、欲望膨脹、心靈發虛,而絕大多數女性藝術家仍然是經濟弱勢,這種經濟的弱勢與心靈的坦誠相結合反映在她們的作品中,讓觀賞者在受到藝術啟發、振奮、反思的同時也需懷著一顆溫暖的心,努力去支持這些女性藝術家。

Prologue(Chinese only)
Independent Curator and President of FIAKE
Huang Mei

2021 · HER POWER

The prologue of the "Life.Blossom” Exhibition - "Her Power" Online Exhibition, was jointly initiated by HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation, and female artists and art institutions.

 

The first stage will bring the recommendations from our academic consultants, invited curators and  International Women Artists Federation as pilot. Up to now, we have received works from around 120 artists from more than 30 regions (including oil paintings, ink paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, digital images, etc.).

 

The call for works is still open to public. The online exhibition will also be published by region, theme, category, subject, or material.

 

The content of the online exhibition will be presented on Art of Nature’s official website and the platform of "Her Art", Facebook,  and overseas online platforms.

HER POWER

Art of Nature Intrenational Female Art Online Exhibition

 Orgainisors :

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation

2021 · HER POWER· TEN

"Monica Piloni: Reverberating in the Body", "Nikolina Petolas: Animal Fables",

"Viktoria Andreeva: Performing in a Fantastic Stage", "Cornelia Renz: Destruction of Norms",

"Kelly Reemtsen: New Female",  "Jasmine Bannister: Portraits of Everything", "Tine Deturck: Souls in Ink"

MONICA PILONI

REVERBERATING IN THE BODY

At the end of the second decade of this century, interest in the representation of the human figure in the field of art is still remarkable. The body, its gestures, needs and desires have become a key element in the most pressing social and political issues of our time, and this is reflected in the imagery of contemporary artists. It is in this spirit of the age that Monica Piloni's work seems to evoke the forces that act upon bodies.

Looking at the whole of the artist's work, we are confronted with a kind of cabinet of curiosities, populated by representations.

In this series, the figures reveal something rather apprehensive and vaguely erotic. There is a certain silence and tension in the pieces at the same time. Beauty quickly becomes monstrosity, as in the soft, delicate contour of a model's torso, which doubles and bulges in the space in front of a mirror, replicating a reality already unfolded and rebounded on itself, transforming what would be a classic torso into a mass of flesh. It evokes the forces that act upon bodies, through an interweaving between appearance and essence, fact and fiction. That produces a kind of echo that insists on reverberating in the body itself.

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Sculptor, born in Curitiba in 1978. She currently lives and works in Brussels. Her works are collected by several art institutions and collectors around the world.

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MONICA PILONI

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Desbundo-Me | 180 x 50 x 200 cm | Fiberglass, mirror and base | 2019

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Diver | 113 x 63 x 63 cm  

Fiberglass, polyurethane and pla | 2019

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Lee | 34 x 44 x 70 cm | Resin, pla and false nails | 2019

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The Reader | 160 x 100 x 60 cm

Synthetic hair, fiberglass, pla, books cover | 2019

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The Kiss | 78 x 80 x 45 cm | Fiberglass | 2018

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And Why Would You Want My Soul in Your Bed? | 66 x 99 cm | Archival pigment prints | 2014

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Ballerina, FM | 186 x 113 x 32 cm | Resin, pla, collant, ballet point shoes, ocular prosthesis, synthetic hair and acrylic boxes | 2019

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Ballerina II | 222 x 95 x 110 cm  | Fiberglass, synthetic hair, ocular prosthesis and acrylic boxes | 2014

NIKOLINA PETOLAS

ANIMAL FABLES

Nikolina is a photographer and visual artist from Zagreb, Croatia.

With her works, she searches to underline the psychological and social aspects of our identity and the effects that endless soul searching has on our lives. In her metaphorical presentations, from dreamlike landscapes and fantasy scenery to strange and dark characters, creatures and environments, she uses the observation of inner conflicts and questions that arise from them, as a dreamy and vivid example to show complex human emotions and drives as well as her subjective personal experience of the world.

Visual interpretations of animal fables with profound detailed compositions in her signature 'Tale of the Blue Pear' series have been recognized by private collectors worldwide.

Photographer and visual artist. Her work has gained multiple international awards and has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including galleries and museums of Europe, USA and Asia. Her art is also represented in various books, magazines and publications.

Important Exhibitions:

2019 Tale of the Blue Pear, Galerie Boris, Paris, France

2019 Tale of the Blue Pear, Lishui Photography Festival, Zhejiang Province, China

2018 ImageNation Paris (Paris Photo Days), Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris, France

2017 Real - Surreal - Unreal, Villa Berberich, Bad Säckingen, Germany

2017 Münchner Science & Fiction Festival, Einstein Kultur Centre, Munich, Germany

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NIKOLINA PETOLAS

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Chicken or Egg | Editions vary by size | Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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Smuggler of Happiness | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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The Tree House | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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Forestation | Editions vary by size | Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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Smuggler of Happiness | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

Lollipop | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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Don’t Think About Pink Elephants | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

Maybe This is Love | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

VIKTORIA ANDREEVA

PERFORMING IN A FANTASTIC STAGE

Viktoria Andreeva is a fine-art photographer focused on the body as the main composition element. As a former ballet dancer, Viktoria’s love and passion for the art of movement have deeply influenced her aesthetic.

The distortion of the figure aims to blur the line between reality and illusion, natural and artificial. Viktoria plays with elemental and symbolic opposites which contradict each other at a first glance. Her work seeks to connect and communicate with the viewer - to open up a field for interpretation of the narrative.

Sculpture artist. Born and raised in Bulgaria in 2015 she moved to Vienna, where she pursued a degree in Photography and Audiovisual Media at the College of Arts Die Graphische.

Important Exhibitions:

2021 Romantica - shape of my art, M.A.D.S. Gallery, Milano, Italy

2021 Nude affiliation and Portraiture,  Pepney Gallery, Cavan, Ireland 

2020 “7th International Photo Salon Plovdiv” - Awarded photographers Travelling exhibition, Ancient Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2019 Loco-not locals, Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna, Austria

2019 Body Paint Soul, Viktoria Andreeva & Stefan Nuetzel Studio Stefan Nuetzel, Vienna, Austria

2018 In Schwebe, Gallery Lumina, Vienna, Austria

VIKTORIA ANDREEVA

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Into Pieces | 40 x 60cm  | Photography | 2020

Smuggler of Happiness | Editions vary by size

Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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All We Have Is Now  | 40 x 60cm  | Photography | 2020

Familiar strangers  | 60 x 40cm  | Photoggraphy | 2018

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Forestation | Editions vary by size | Museum-quality, archival pigment prints

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Shapes | 60 x 40cm  | Photography | 2020

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In A Split Second | 60 x 40cm  | Photography | 2021

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Faceless | 40 x 60cm  | Photography | 2017

CORNELIA RENZ

DESTRUCTION OF NORMS

As an artists with the cultural background of both Israel and Germany, Cornelia concerns about cultural norms and role models and their origins. In her work, she sampled existing image motifs from a wide variety of sources, such as European skeleton and Asian elf, in order to then deconstruct them using her montage process.

Born in 1966 in Southern Germany. Live and work in Berlin, Germany and in Tel Aviv, Israel. Awarded Grant Prize of Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral in Germany, Grant Prize of Villa Aurora Stipendium in Los Angeles, USA, and Prize of Föderprize Bildende Kunst der Schering Stiftung in Germany.

 

Cornelia Renz’s works have been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces globally, including Kunsthalle Memmingen, Berlinische Galerie in Germany and Contemporary Art Center Louisiana in New Orleans.

CORNELIA RENZ

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Into Pieces | 40 x 60cm  | Photography | 2021

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Self Fed By Little Death | 120 x 200 x 6 cm | Pigment marker on acrylic glass | 2008

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Alt New | 172 x 172 x 8 cm | Pigment marker on two sheet of perspex | 2018

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Fair. Play. | 170 x 170 x 8 cm | Pigment marker on two sheets of perspex | 2017

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Superheroine | 100 x 100 x 6 cm | Pigment marker on two sheets of perspex | 2014

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Gretel Liesel | 100 x 100 cm | pigment marker on two layers of acrylic glass | 2020

In A Split Second | 60 x 40cm  | Photography | 2021

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Dance of Death - Yes, We Can | 50 x 80 cm | pigment marker on foil | 2021

KELLY REEMTSEN

NEW FEMALE

The paintings for which American artist Kelly Reemtsen is best known are her bright and bold paintings of women carrying household tools such as chainsaws or axes, which are elaborate depictions of the role of the modern day woman.

Reemtsen’s women are not simply pinup girls or arm candy. Rather, the women, while dressed to the nines, undertake household, and often, traditionally masculine tasks. The objects they hold, from dishrags to wrenches to chainsaws, range from domestic to menacing, and yet, as a body of work, address the question of the proper role of the contemporary woman. Anonymous torsos, the women remain beautiful representations of the feminine with which anyone can identify.

In terms of technique, Reemtsen’s work, with its thick impasto, represents a masterly handling of paint, which can be seen throughout her oeuvre of women, as well as other subjects including designer furniture and pills.

Born in 1967 in Michigan, USA. Her paintings are best known for its thick impasto, bright white background and the anonymous characters.

 

Important Exhibitions:

2021 THIS IS AMERICA, Kunstraum Potsdam, Berlin, Germany

2020 The Shape of Things (Solo), Albertz Benda, New York, USA

2020 Fragmented Bodies, Albertz Benda, New York, USA

2019 Pattern (Solo), David Klein Gallery, Detroit, USA

2018 Fix It (Solo), Lydnsey Ingram, London, UK

2018 Value (Solo), Albertz Benda, New York, USA

KELLY REEMTSEN

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Smack Dab | 122 x 91.5 cm | Oil on panel | 2020

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Pieces of Her 30 | 51 x 51 cm | Oil on panel | 2020

Grounded | 152.5 x 114.5 cm | Oil on panel | 2020

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Taking Shape Neon Pink | 68.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm | Cast resin, steel, lacquer, gold | 2020

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Pieces of Her 10 | 51 x 51 cm | Oil on panel | 2020

JASMINE BANNISTER

PORTRAITS OF EVERYTHING

After graduating from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France, photography is Jasmine’s main medium. She tends to question its possibilities with an artistic approach and by blurring the thin border between art and documentary photography. 

Her photography work focuses on narratives within different territories such as her own but also ones far from her, where culture, identity, history and environment collide. From photojournalism to contemporary photography, she have a desire to document the many different intricate realities that she comes across. 

French Artist

 

Important Exhibitions:

2020 Expo/osée, Granville, France 

2020 Domestic Landscape, Granville, France

2019 Rise and Fall o􏰀 tomorrow’s Icons, Nantes, France 

2019 Silver Show, , Granville, France

2017 Four Seasons, CCA Galleries International, Jersey, Channel Islands 

JASMINE BANNISTER

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All prints are: 40 x 30 cm | Printed on Bright White Hahnemühle paper 

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TINE DETURCK

SOULS IN INK

Tine Deturck started to create with ink decades ago. After setting up her own studio in Beijing in 2007, she spent her time between her studios in Paris and Beijing.

Affected significantly by the expressionists, she focuses on the human face which becomes more and more on the edge of abstraction. There is a balance between concise lines and expressionist momentum, zen concentration and explosive intuition. Tine Deturck sounds out the ineffable and fleeting impressions of the human mind directly connected to the soul.

Born in Belgium, Tine Deturck grew up and studied in Germany, Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. Live and work in Paris, France. She owned a studio in China as she is fond of Chinese culture. Her works noticeably reveal the penetration and influences of Chinese ink.

TINE DETURCK

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Enigma | 73 x 60 cm | Mixed media on canvas

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Gagarin | 146 x 114 cm | Ink on canvas | 2013

Antichrist | 73 x 60 cm | Ink on canvas

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Ode to Soulages n°2

146 x 114 cm | Ink on canvas

Papillon | 73 x 92 cm | Ink on canvas

HER POWER Online Exhibition 2021

This exhibition not only visually displays the unique and delicate creations of women, but also hopes to bring out the possibility of women’s perception and feminine aesthetics in contemporary art, beside the men-dominated mainstream, and promote their representability in the art world. This exhibition would serve as a forum for dialogue of the reflections on social culture and the examination of personal issues from women’s point of view, mainly delivered by their works of all forms.

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society was founded in 2011 as a Hong Kong registered non-profit organisation; with the objective of uniting female art enthusiasts across Hong Kong, China, and overseas. It welcomes any and all females in art-related fields, as well as those interested in promoting contemporary female artwork. The Society aims to sponsor female artists and help them achieve their full potential. It has established the “Infinite Love” Series Triennial on 2015 and “Her.Power” Series Online Exhibition on 2020.

Enquiry: 

+852 2416 3632

Email: msctq@vintion.com