The mulier, mulieris Visual Arts Contest is intended to encourage artistic reflection on women and their historical, artistic and social context from multiple perspectives. The call is open to artists of any age, sex and nationality whose plastic research is concerned with creating new female imaginaries, in order to help preserve women’s legacy and address such issues as identity, discrimination, gender-based violence, beauty conventions, caring roles or women in the workforce.
The artists participating in the exhibition (14 women, 4 men) come from different places and adopt a variety of technical and conceptual approaches. Through their paintings, photographs, posters, collages, videos or sculptures, we become aware of complex and diverse realities. The 16 entries selected for exhibition at this 14th mulier, mulieris contest look at the concerns, challenges and aspirations of every free, fair and equal society.
Several projects build on the legacy of women, laying bare how their role in contexts like artistic creation, war, domestic work or the public sphere has been deliberately ignored. Other pieces delve into multiple forms of violence (verbal, economic, physical, sexual) women can be subject to. Motherhood is analysed from different angles: women who wish to become mothers but are unable to, women who choose not to have children, or the controversial issue of surrogacy. Finally, some works focus on consent, aesthetic or religious impositions, sexist stereotypes or the identification of women with nature, rounding out a unique exhibition where we will discover new ways of looking at and understanding the reality around us.
Artists: Carlos Balsalobre, Virginia Calvo, Ana Casanova, Bárbara Fernández Abad, Susana Guerrero, Mario-Paul Martínez, Vicente J. Pérez, Rocío Kunst, Gloria Lapeña, Mari la Sosa, María Mas, Eva Mauricio, Ana Maya León, Juan F. Navarro, Úrsula Ochoa, Alicia Palacios-Ferri, María Reig and Sara Vicente.