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8 Femmes

Sascha Braunig, Jess Fuller, Anthea Hamilton, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Melanie Matranga, Junko Oki, Silke Otto-Knapp, Sophie Von Hellermann
16 April 28 May 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

installation view, 8 FEMMES
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2016

Mélanie Matranga
FANFU, me, you, others, 2015
Fabric, silicone, foam mattress
190 × 140 × 10 cm (74 13/16 × 55 1/8 × 3 15/16 inches)

Junko Oki
HINOMARU (The Rising Sun Flag), 2014
Embroidery on tissue
170 × 201 cm (66 15/16 × 79 1/8 inches)

Sophie Von Hellermann
8 Femmes, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
160 × 200 cm (63 × 78 3/4 inches)

Sascha Braunig
La Poupée, 2016
Oil on linen
61 × 66 × 9 cm (24 × 26 × 3 9/16 inches)

Jess Fuller
Technicolor Motor Home, 2016
Oil stick on c-print
157,5 × 122 cm (62 × 48 inches)

Jess Fuller
The Other One, 2016
Oil stick on c-print
157,5 × 122 cm (62 × 48 inches)

Mélanie Matranga
Fortune Light, 2015
Fabric, silicone, foam mattress
330 × 200 cm (129 15/16 × 78 3/4 inches)

Ella Kruglyanskaya
Equestrian in Disguise, 2016
Oil and oil stick linen
82 × 66 cm (32 1/4 × 26 inches)

Anthea Hamilton
Wavy Alabaster Boot, 2015
Alabaster
60,3 × 21,6 × 7,6 cm (23 3/4 × 8 1/2 × 3 inches)

Anthea Hamilton
Wavy Walnut Boot, 2015
Walnut wood with burr walnut veneer
60,3 × 22,9 × 5,7 cm (23 3/4 × 9 × 2 1/4 inches)

Silke Otto-Knapp
The Conversation, 2016
Watercolor on canvas
60 × 45 cm (23 5/8 × 18 1/8 inches)

Silke Otto-Knapp
Tilting, 2016
Watercolor on canvas
80 × 60 cm (31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches)

Ella Kruglyanskaya
Striped Woman with Red Cheeks, 2016
Ink and oil pastel on paper
182,9 × 127 cm (72 × 50 inches)

Anthea Hamilton
Rice Cakes, 2015
Glass, birch, walnut
Each : 10 × 10 × 1.5 cm (3 15/16 × 3 15/16 × 9/16 inches)

Anthea Hamilton
Rice Cakes, 2015 (Detail)

Ella Kruglyanskaya
Goth Girls, 2016
Flashe, oil, oil stick on gesso paper
168 × 108 cm (66 1/8 × 42 1/2 inches)

Silke Otto-Knapp
View From Round Head (Grey), 2016
watercolor on canvas
80 × 100 cm (31 1/2 × 39 3/8 inches)

8 Femmes pays homage to the 2002 François Ozon movie of the same title. The film revisited the genre of the screwball comedy through the exhibition of struggle between the sexes, between economic classes and in a broader metaphorical way dealt with escapist fantasies in male dominated societies. The exhibition takes the film as a starting point and embarks on an analysis of women preparing their own image to face others and their dialogue in a female universe. It makes the themes of the theatrical, glamour as well as space and body come together while underneath the surface of artificial cosmetics there is a witful and amusing reflection on femininity.

8 Femmes features work by Sascha Braunig (CAN), Jess Fuller (USA), Anthea Hamilton (UK), Ella Kruglyanskaya (USA), Melanie Matranga (FR), Junko Oki (JAP), Silke Otto-Knapp (DE) and Sophie von Hellermann (UK).

Natalija Paunić, ‘Office Baroque presents a witful and amusing reflection on femininity’, Widewalls, April 2016