Domesticidades

2015 – 2016

Domesticities is a project about little details of everyday life. It draws on the definition of domesticity according to The cult of true womanhood*, an idea born in the 19th century that marked the beginning of the “ideal woman” and changed the concept of woman forever, confining women to certain societal standards and defining how they should behave: a woman should be bound to the kitchen and nursery, should be pious and pure, and should be subordinate to men. In addition, a woman must always reflect an image of delicacy and weakness, and refrain from engaging in any strenuous or public activity, as it could damage her weak being, therefore, a woman should stay home. Domesticities is a collection of close-up images that depict transient moments of abandonment, or gaps in domesticity: loose hairs around the house, mildew stains, cobwebs, crumbs, toys and random mess. The images are printed on handmade concrete blocks, Polaroid size, echoing, while contradicting the temporary nature of the images. Each block, though small, is heavy and it inhabits a certain place in space, attempting to address the paradox between the ephemeral and transitory nature of those moments, and the weight and harshness inherent to domestic life, its contradictions, beauty and significance.

* Welter, B. (1966). The Cult of True Womanhood. American Quarterly, Vol 18, No. 2, Part 1 (Summer), 151-174.

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