Feminist exhibition «I touch myself» on show at National Art Museum

The exhibition “I Touch Myself” is on show at the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga from 9 March to 23 April 2017 featuring works by five Latvian artists and offering a fresh perspective on the female body and sexuality.

"Strange things are happening here... people are circling photos hanging on clothespins, as if laundry is being dried there. Look at the pictures and you'll see naked bodies. One of the artists is performing religious rites behind a table, a mysteriously made painting... The public are eagerly studying nude photos of beautiful female bodies and... male bodies turning female," writes Rus.lsm.lv's resident critic Andrei Shavrei. 

However, the central space of the exhibition is taken by numerous jars with jam and pickles. Composer Platons Buravickis told Rus.lsm.lv more about the piece.

"According to the concept of Rasa Jansone, the author of this object titled 'The Diet', these are not just ordinary jars you can touch. They have labels with very wise sayings. These are the pickles of Rasa's grandmother who, when making these pieces, kept on saying different words of wisdom that her granddaughter wrote down and recorded into art," he said.

While Jana Kukaine, a critic and the author of the project, described the exhibition in a series of questions it seeks answers to.

"What do dresses, beads, bras and high-heeled shoes mean? How do these parameters frame the body? Do they limit it or set it free? What does being young mean? And growing old? What's it like being a daughter, mother, wife, lover, grandmother? What do wrinkles, stretch marks, freckles, love handles, bruises, scars, and thinness mean? How does it affect the way women think of themselves? How does it help sparking relationships between a woman and other people?" 

The works by Rasa Jansone, Anda Magone (née Bankovska), Inga Meldere, Ingrīda Pičukāne, and Eva Vēvere try to answer these questions and many more.

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