This coming September, Witzenhausen Gallery New York will open the new season with the group show ‘Open End’, for which the gallery has invited 5 international female artist to exhibit their video work. These works combined illustrate the position of women in today’s society. The theme, proposed as an open ended narrative -not assuming a feminist nor feminine point of view nor positive or negative implications- wishes to reflect how artists from different cultures approach subject matters from their own cultural background whilst being able to work within the parameters of a universal (image) language. Their work, shown together, brings up the contradictions embedded in an increasingly globalizing world and what this means for different people and cultures. As women, they bring something from their own nationality and culture, succeeding in reflecting universal issues such as the relation with the body, power relations, love, death, life, freedom, etc.
Bahar Behbahani (IR), Born in Tehran, lives and works in New York and Tehran. Extracted from her own experience, her work revolves around the cognitive dissonance between comforting familial attitudes and cultural brutality. She expresses the tension between both states of existence combining images of tenderness and violence.
Maria Zervou (GR), Born in Athens, lives and works in Amsterdam and Athens From October 2010 she will be doing a residency in New York. Zervou’s work explores the potential relation between internal/external and personal/public space - on the link between body and space and all their sociopolitical implications and courses.
Miriam Kruishoop (NL), Born in the Netherlands, lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. Her work is all about the complex female nature: the internal conflicts with which they are confronted: their frustrations and desires: the misunderstanding this brings about in others and eventually the incapacity to communicate.
Pépé Smit (NL), Born in The Netherlands, lives and works in Amsterdam. Smit shares the vision of Schopenhauer on boredom, pain and happiness. ‘Boredom’ as a lack of suspense and excitement is seen as the most dreary state man can get to. Love and cruelty are also inseparable. Smit loves to play with these issues in a very ordinary setting.
Sanghee Song (KR), Born in Seoul, Korea, 1970 Lives and Works in Seoul and Amsterdam. Over the last years, Sanghee Song has produced a body of works that revolves around various myths of the modern nation-state as expressed and spread in the post-WWII South Korea. These myths were created out of crafted interpretations of legends, stories, and histories, and internalized as part of the population's collective psyche and promulgated often in the process of postcolonial nation-building as inherent to national identities