Beauty Contest – Gallery exhibition featuring work by 20 internationally acclaimed and emerging
artists who critically reflect on contemporary global society’s obsession and fascination with physical appearance.
Beauty Contest deals with one of the most trivial everyday experiences: the daily encounter with human beauty and its social construction. A perennial anthropologic subject dating back to the writings of ancient Greek philosophers the exhibition will present critical viewpoints of some of the most antiquated notions of universal beauty. Evidence from the sexual revolution and feminism, as well as the gay, lesbian and transgender movements have eroded clear definitions of who and what is beautiful– and who and what is not. Through their artworks the artists examine the emancipation of hidden structures of repression toward gender, race, and age.
The artworks, which include videos, paintings, sculptures, installations, and performance art, are drawn from the self-examination, self-perception, and self-definition of the individual artists, many of whom are influenced by female avant-garde artists such as Austrian artist Maria Lassnig and New York based Cindy Sherman.