The exhibition I USED TO BE FUNNY BUT NOW I AM DEAD brings together the work of 3 emerging and 3 historic women artists from Greece and France. This collection of works looks at the history of women's art assessing where it is today and attempts to trace where it is going.
Art history clearly shows that the image of woman is a man’s image of woman. This iconography, was handed down for centuries and has only been fundamentally deconstructed for the first time by the Feminist art movement in the 1970s.
Some of the most important works by Daskopoulou, Romanos and Papaconstantinou which are displayed here, belong to this critical decade and the one that followed. Works which are multi-layered and sharp, they deal with constructions of identity and gender in a humorous, poetic and often ironic way.
“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” asks the legendary feminist Linda Nochlin in her famous 1971 essay for ARTnews magazine. Nochlin suggests at this point that feminists will get hooked and try to dig up examples of worthy or insufficiently appreciated women artists throughout history. Nevertheless – I will personally add – that even the great majority of the ones that were at some point recognized, that only happened to a great degree after their death. That begs the question of what value does such a recognition really offer? One would argue it feels almost like a joke that went cold.
Σίλεια Δασκοπούλου (1936-2006), "Η Μνηστή του Δράκουλα", 1971, Ακρυλικό σε καμβά, 90x116εκ