Think Women Are Underrepresented in the Creative Arts? This Exhibition Does Too
The design world hasn’t yet grappled with the chronic underrepresentation of women by brands — the Instagram @showmealist was a good idea that seems to have sadly fizzled out — but female designers and curators are doing just fine supporting each other, thankyouverymuch. The latest is an exhibition at Ox Poblenou in Barcelona, inaugurated on International Women’s Day and curated by Sanna Völker, a Swedish furniture designer and curator living in Spain. Called Sisters, the exhibition meditates on female empowerment and sisterhood. “The exhibited works, all created exclusively for the show, express concepts of community, women in craft, femininity and social injustice,” explains Völker. “By inviting female creators from a range of creative disciplines, the show responds to the underrepresentation of women in creative arts, and the lack of female perspectives throughout society.” Our favorite pieces include a spare, sculptural seat by Paula Clavería, a fountain (new trend alert!) by Cierto Estudio, and a barely-there slim metal table by Omayra Maymó. The project also supports Dona Kolors, a non-profit fashion initiative that employs women with a background in prostitution and survivors of trafficking, giving them the advantages of legitimate employment and an opportunity to gain financial independence. On view until March 17.
PHOTOS BY AMPI ARISTU
Marta Ayala Herrera
Alejandra Perini & Berta Julià Sala
Carla Cascales Alimbau