In a series of posters, a piece of fabric and a cast object, I am looking at sculptures that represent women with closed eyes - either asleep, or blind, perhaps dreaming, oscillating between a state of absence and presence. In those sculptures - mostly made by men - the closed eyes are synonym for muteness, as if the women depicted (mostly in marble) were deprived from speech and consciousness. They were lulled to sleep by their makers. Yet, in their sleep, the sleeping woman reaches an autonomy. The work is alike a walk through alleys of sculptures, creating a visual essay that combines different layers of information connecting literature, art history, and more personal and subjective readings of those images, thus looking at behind those closed eyes. Breaking the usual eroticization of the recurring pattern of the woman asleep, the work intends to draw on the potential autonomy behind the sleep and to look at what she sees in her dreams.
one must lull them to sleep to prevent their escapes 2018
digital print, fabric, wax; dimension variable
Installation View: Group Show “Sleeping from a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life” curated by Ruth Noack, September-October 2018, litost Prague (CZ); October-November 2018, Institute for Provocation, Beijing