GYNAECEUM, historically a place of domestic seclusion (some would say “shelter”) from the outside world for women (wives, daughters, slaves), also served as a platform where they shared their desires and intimacies, as well as where they talked amongst themselves in a language of their own.
In an investigation of the GYNAECEUM, four young women artists, Alexandra Baumgartner, Beatriz Crespo, Su Ling Gyr and Florence Reidenbach, all living in modern day European society, come together to explore these concepts of femininity that date back to antiquity.
GYNAECEUM is a 1- week “happening” curated by Tippi Ling, conceptualized in Charlottenburg, originally the bourgeois neighbourhood of Berlin, where large townhouses and apartments almost acted in themselves as a GYNAECEUM of their day. The intimate and domestic ambience of a renovated 1920’s apartment hosts a new temporary space called ARTMENT, which will showcase the work of these four women of today, who have travelled the globe and seen it all.
Blog entry by Monica Salazar in Berlin; Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.