We have already discussed this new wave of art created by independent and super-inventive feminine art, that has been taking the world by storm. Of course, this is not a new concept. Tracey Emin has done it for several decades, expressing the different aspects of femininity as well as personal experiences. But she is on another sphere, lately there is a wave of girl artists as we were able to see in the last article on The Absorbe about them. This new wave of feminist artists started with creatives as Petra Collins in the U.S. proposes a different aesthetic. It is not about women, but about girls. While the word “girl” has been a term used sometimes to diminish women, this movement is empowering the image of the girl, giving it strength and means to translate the feelings, the imaginary and all the elements that surround the life of a girl, all while fighting with prejudices, taboos and stigmas. Quite impressive we must admit.
Last weekend, the online art collective Curated by Girls had its first show in Berlin. Highly promoted by all the different magazines on the Berliner art sphere, the show brought to the European Capital the concept that had been long elaborated and seen in America before. While most of us were wondering why didn’t this happen sooner in Berlin, a city characterized by its strong feminist movement, it is also crucial to understand that the burgeoning art scene on the city brings also a proliferation of shows that are sadly low on quality, or don’t have enough reach, so they get lost in the way. But this was absolutely not the case of the first exhibition organized by Curated by Girls: everything was perfectly staged and the works on display were quality ones, carefully selected and containing strong messages. Their first show, Freer in Berlin was far from one that a beginner could organize, with great attendance and good ambiance.
Laetitia Duveau, the founder and organizer, shared her experience with us: “This was in fact my first exhibition ever. It took a lot of sweat and tears to be honest, but I am extremely happy about how it turned out! Many people showed up during the whole weekend, curious to check out the beautiful patchwork of softness, love and femininity that was presented. It is so pleasant to see that people are interested in seeing the pieces, and try to capture the story told by 26 artists altogether. Blender & Co was the perfect place to do it, for its intimate feel, almost like being at home with friends. The vibe was really peaceful and respectful. For a first time, I guess I can call it a success even if I know I still have work to do to make the next one even better. There will be a Freer In Berlin event next season, probably in March, with another powerful theme. In the meantime, i am already planning on organizing an IRL show focusing on just one Artist I LOVE, something more confidential and this could become a monthly thing. Stay tuned.”
All images courtesy of Curated by GIRLS