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— Sky Goddess —


Kaufmann Repetto Milano

Via di Porta Tenaglia 7, 20121 Milano

From Sept. 14, 2018
to Oct. 25, 2018



Sept. 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


kaufmann repetto presents "Sky Goddess", an exhibition of works by American artist and activist, Nancy Spero (1926-2009).

Through the use of historical text and imagery, Nancy Spero created a lexicon in which women are the protagonists in the origin and development of human race and culture. Her work counters the patriarchal lens through which our understanding of civilization has been constructed and positions itself, instead, in a world where female reality is human reality. While the universal has been projected as male oriented and dominated, Nancy Spero’s works address a remembrance of history that contradicts this singularized scope through which human beings have been represented in society.

The title of the exhibition refers to the repeated matriarchal figure arching over earth and its inhabitants, which dates to Egyptian and later Roman usage, and is seen throughout many of Spero’s works on paper and within her wall-based installations made later in life. In her works, ancient figures, such as sky goddesses and various fertility goddesses, are positioned adjacent to those from more recent history, such as victims of violent war crimes during World War II or in South America, and from contemporary culture, like Picasso’s cubic woman and Marlene Deitrich.