A Nepali woman, from 1960

A journey around the world through women

The Etnològic presents a photographic exhibition with portraits taken during the expeditions that are the origin of the museum's collections.

Women. Fragmented imageries is the name of the new temporary exhibition at the Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món, at its headquarters on Carrer Montcada. The exhibition will open on 16 September and is based on images of women taken with a camera during the campaigns, expeditions and journeys, which are at the origin of the museum's collection. The organisation defines the proposal as a "halfway point between theoretical-discursive reflection and artistic intervention", and it will be presented in two different areas: the first will include photographs and a selection of pieces from the museum's collection, while the second area will include Mercis Rossetti's artistic-photographic intervention entitled The Memory of Spiders, conceived expressly for this project. In an introductory space, there will be the presentation of the project and a small visual and textual reflection on the journeys, field notebooks and maps.

The exhibition poses a question to the visitor: How do we position ourselves, from a contemporary perspective, in the face of women who knew they were being looked at? These portraits are not only more or less distant from us geographically (they feature women from all continents) but also begin to be distant in time (they are images taken between the 1950s and 1980s). It is the first time that the Etnològic has dedicated an exhibition exclusively to a selection of photographs from its archive, which also belongs to the Folch Foundation. As the museum explains, "when an expedition takes place, the objects are at the centre", but these journeys also leave behind a whole archive of documents, including the images collected.

The exhibition will be on display until 12 March next year. You can find more information at this link.

Publication date: Thursday, 15 September 2022
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