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Chrysalid Gallery
NEON Foundation
02 February | 07 February
Rotterdam Art Week 2021

Alice Lucchinelli (IT) Daleen Bloemers (NL)  Guda Koster (NL)  Jessica Strixner (DE)  Karin Arink (NL)  Kim Van Erven (NL)  Kira Froese (DE)  Lizan Freijsen (NL) 

Margiet van Breevort (NL)  Natalia Grezina (CR) 

Rachel de Joode (NL)   Silvia B (NL)

The theme of the body has always been very prominent in the artistic practices of the artists, whose pioneering will and instinct would urge them to discuss and show taboo aspects of its physicality and all those uncomfortable and unspoken issues that too often have been overlooked in the past.

 

With this premise, the exhibition wants to bring back the attention on this somehow still controversial narrative in order to offer a different and daring attitude over the many iterations and interpretations of this subject and how it is presented in the practice of modern artists.

 

“Counterbodies” will be one of a kind pop-up exhibition to showcase works of 12 international female artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Crimea that share a common interest over the theme of the body. The show will feature both established artists and new voices in the contemporary art world, to offer the public both quality and freshness. 


“Counterbodies” is a result of a dialogue between two curators who decided to collaborate and curate an art show together. Marth Von Loeben and Vladimir Radujkov met and immediately recognised common grounds in their curatorial approach. Their cooperation is organic and unforced, both conceptually and aesthetically.


This collaborative effort aims to gather an all-female selection of artists whose work share a strong interpretation of the body, both as thematic and visual input for research and experimentation. Although the choice of featuring only female artists in this program is something that may have happened naturally and unintentionally, this exhibition will offer another perspective on the subject.


Inspired by the unique location and “picture frame” of the Beatrixbad in Kralingen, Rotterdam, the organizational team aims to design a complex installation that uses and exalts all the qualities of the space while presenting a conceptual and thoughtful thematic selection of artists and their artworks.

 

Selected works featuring sculpture, photography, embroidery and other different media will resonate within the location of the building through a strong presentation centred on different interpretations of the body.