Her Dress, Her Symbol: Antea Revisited
The exhibit “Her Dress, Her Symbol: Antea Revisited” with a large number of female – and male – participants, is opening in April in two adjacent Jerusalem galleries – Agripas 12 and Marie. Her Dress, Her Symbol: Antea Revisited examines the subject of the dress in a gender perspective, while recalling a unique phenomenon in the Israeli art scene, the work of the Antea Gallery for feminist art.
In 1994 the artists Rita Mendes-Flohr and Nomi Tannhauser put their feminist vision and worldview into practice and created the feminist, alternative gallery Antea, with the aim of challenging the conventional place of the women in society, and letting the voice of women from a wide variety of cultures and identities be heard. In that period, the field of Israeli art was not ready to internalize and to give legitimation to the totality of women’s experiences. The discourse on social art in general and feminist art in specific, was not accepted, and was even silenced under the assertion that quality was the only measure to evaluate art.
Today, after the discourse has changed considerably – though there is still room for improvement – the dress exhibit brings together 100 artists from different generations, social groups and genders, including the next generation of the founders of the Antea Gallery – the daughters of the curators.
Among the participants in the exhibit: Pamela Levy, Jennifer Bar Lev, Sigalit Landau, Etti Abergel, Hannan Abu Hussein, Zvi Tolkowski, and Israel Rabinowitz. Agripas 12, Marie Gallery, Jeruslaem
Curators: Nomi Tannhauser, Rita Mendes-Flohr
Opening: April 4, 2019
Closing: May 25, 2019
on the left: The girls, Margot Gran, 2018