For the exhibition ‘Is it possible to be revolutionary and like flowers?’ Ruchama produced a new installation in which she makes a connection between outside and inside, but also with the earth and the terrestrial. Outside, in front of the exhibition space, she removed paving stones and dug three shallow pits. This negative space functioned as a mould for an impression in cement, which she then turned into Gorgon like faces. In Greek mythology, the Gorgons are three sisters – Medusa is one of them – with fangs, hands made of bronze, golden wings, and snakes instead of hair, who turn people to stone by looking into their eyes. The Gorgons symbolise a terrifying femininity, which Noorda, however, renders in a lovely flower-like form.
Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?
10 Sep – 19 Dec 2021 / Exhibition@Nest
Lily van der Stokker
The artists in this exhibition answer the question of the exhibition title with a resounding “YES!”. They show that the flower as a symbol can seduce, comfort, heal, adorn and distract, and find common ground in feminist affinities, queer desires and ecological solidarity. But flowers can also represent a form of oppression and censorship, a secret language, a wink and a punch all in one.
Photography: Charlott Markus