Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

presented at Hotel Saturnia and ARTLIFE for the World Gallery, Venice, Italy
Guest curator: Joyce Yahouda
May 9 – June 30, 2019
Céline B. La Terreur
Missile
2019
ink-jet print on silk, embroidery
130 cm x 70 cm
Photo credits: Richard-Max Tremblay

For the exhibition Beyond the Veil, Céline B. La Terreur’s photograph is printed on transparent fabric, on which she makes interventions in painting and embroidery. The work, entitled Missile, depicts a woman whose face is covered with a transparent veil. The veil,  a symbol strongly associated with covering, or even removing, beauty and feminine strength, suggests a form of suffocation of the woman. The anarchy symbol is embroidered in white silk thread on the image, which can be seen on both sides of the fabric. The symbol makes reference to the thousands of women, rebelling and united, to resist injustice: a gentle revolt, which is woven, stitch by stitch, weightless like the veil, but nevertheless is very powerful.

Céline B. La Terreur
Missile (détail)
2019
130 cm x 70 cm
naakita feldman-kiss
For Nennen
2019
Machine embroidery on textile
45 cm W x 95 cm L

For Nennen is a textile piece that uses digital embroidery on silk taffeta to pay homage to inherited experiences and matrilineal resilience.

The text has been pulled from the artist’s personal oral history archive, developed over years of familial conversation surrounding family history and the embodiment of ancestry.

The speaker nods toward the strength of her grandmother, and how it has inspired her own. The characters exist timelessly across generations to conjure a reminder of the power of the women who came before us. For Nennen creates room for the production and transmission of collective memories, and the ways they can connect us across time and experience.


When Doron Polak and Iris Elhanani invited me, as guest curator, to participate in the exhibition Beyond the Veil, an international artistic project aimed at promoting women's empowerment by women artists, I immediately thought of two multidisciplinary artists, Céline B. La Terreur and naakita feldman-kiss. The exhibition Beyond the Veil examines contemporary issues, by presenting works by women artists, poets, writers, activists, and journalists, who, through their different practices, question not only the modes of consumption, production, and rituals, but also society’s inequalities, access to ethics, freedom of choice, taking into account the consequences that this entails.

When Doron Polak and Iris Elhanani invited me, as guest curator, to participate in the exhibition Beyond the Veil, an international artistic project aimed at promoting women's empowerment by women artists, I immediately thought of two multidisciplinary artists, Céline B. La Terreur and naakita feldman-kiss.

The exhibition Beyond the Veil examines contemporary issues, by presenting works by women artists, poets, writers, activists, and journalists, who, through their different practices, question not only the modes of consumption, production, and rituals, but also society’s inequalities, access to ethics, freedom of choice, taking into account the consequences that this entails.

The exhibition aim is to reflect on contemporary issues by presenting works of women artists, poets, writers, activists, journalists who will question, through their different practice, on the modes of utilization, consumption, production practices, and rituals but also on societies inequalities and access to ethics, liberty of choice and their consequence

Through installations, photographs, videos and performances, feminist artist Céline B. La Terreur addresses the issues of the status of women, social abuse, and memory. 

For the exhibition Beyond the Veil, Celine created a photograph, Missile. The photograph depicts a young woman whose head is covered with a light veil, referring to the traditional status of the woman, which consists of being confined to a role of modesty. A role that stifles personality and creativity. The photograph is printed on a transparent fabric, on which the artist superimposes paint and embroidery. Embroidery, a female symbol of patience and perseverance, is used to incorporate symbols of resistance into the image.

naakita feldman-kiss' artistic practice focuses on intergenerational memory, women's life experiences, often incorporating text-based, performative, technological, and social elements. For the exhibition Beyond the Veil, naakita feldman-kiss created the work For Nennen. On shiny and reflective fabric, words are embroidered. Women's words. Words drawn from the artist's personal oral history archives, developed over the years around family conversations.  For Nennen represents oral memory and tradition, in search of a contemporary identity.

Beyond the Veil, opens in Venice in May 2019, simultaneously at the Art for the World Gallery and the Saturnia Hotel, and will travel to several cities over the next two years: Berlin (The 4th wall Gallery), Poland (Wscodnia Gallery or the Textile Museum), Prague, New York (Fusion Museum), Paris (Memoire de l'avenir Gallery), Israel (Kefar Yasif gallery at Ibbda Art Artists House Tel Aviv) and Morocco (TBD).

Beyond the Veil is an inclusive project, which promotes multi-diversity, and is a partnership between institutions of diverse cultures: the International Museum of Artists (Israeli branch), Ibdaa (Association for the Care and Development of Visual Arts in the Arab World: www.ibdaa-art.com), the Mémoire de l'avenir Gallery (Paris: Memorie-a-venir.org), and the Fusion Art Museum (New York and Prague www.fusionartsmuseum.org).

Joyce Yahouda

Guest Curator

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