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Making Space: Beyond a Room

Making Space: Beyond a Room

"Wall Bearers" by Kate Gilmore 

 

Premiering at the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, "Making Space: Beyond a Room" toys with the relationship between women and the space they inhabit. The exhibition draws inspiration from Virginia Woolf's classic feminist essay, "A Room of One's Own," and runs with what that means today, to the artists and to the women they encounter. Ranging from photography to paintings to mixed media art, the visual discussion takes on many forms and many voices - Tracey Emin, Ania Moussawel, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Su En Wong were among the featured artists. 

 

Gallery space photographed by author

The exhibition's content welcomed viewers to examine how our personal spaces act as a reflection of and interaction with our identities. Rania Matar juxtaposed her photos of three different girls in their respective bedrooms to explore this. In "Skylar, Wellesley, Massachusetts," an American girl lounges on her bedroom floor. Her vanity table is behind her, covered in characterizing items: a stack of books, a snowglobe, decorated picture frames. An award ribbon hangs from a door knob. Her head rests against stuffed animals and a bean bag covered in purple cheetah print. Next to this photo is "Zahra, Bourj al Shamali, Palestinian Refugee Camp," which pictures Zahra sitting in an empty room with blank white walls. The only decoration is the carpet beneath her, with is cut from two different patterns. 

Seemingly inactive and inanimate, our surroundings speak through these captured moments. It was a pleasure to visit this collection and think about my own bedroom, my own private space, and how these settings impact me and other women. Following are a few more photos I took during my visit:

"Self Portrait in Bedroom Set" by Sandra Scolnik

 

Gallery space photographed by author

 

"Maria" by Ania Moussawel

 

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