Stunning exhibition at MACBA (Barcelona), until the 22nd of February. Carol Rama doesn't left indifferent. We invite you to go there and explain to us your impressions. Here you have ours:
The work of Carol Rama (born in 1918) it isn't nice, nor pleasant or sensual. Nor beautiful. That's why, in the correct (and canonical) sense of pleasure that we often ask for in an artistic work, we should say that "it isn't liked".
Also, she doesn't seem to be very worried to please. She doesn't even make an effort to draw. The women's body who, traditionally, has been represented from the studies "au naturel" as the alluring body, young and harmonious, perfect and beautiful, it doesn't appear in her work, no matter how much you look at it. The appearing women show their tongues. And their genitals. And men too. Because there is more sexuality than sensuality in her work. And scatology. And also something dark that squeezes your spirit and conveys to you, not pleasure, but suffering.
And when she doesn't represent the human figure -because in the selection of works that is showed in the MACBA (until the 22nd of February) there are moments of style too much varied- there is also the same impulse that unifies it, one same strength expressed with blood or with bicycle's tires, doll's eyes, animal's nails, divided limbs or dentures.
And this way Carol Rama places herself at the edges, we could say, at the symbolical dirt and disorder which come of our social "order". Because as anthropologist Mary Douglas explains, where there is dirt there is system, that is, each culture makes an effort to "build" the world, his world, from certain categories, so that everything left outside of this simbolic system, of this order, is rejected as dirt.
Dirt (no matter how much symbolical it is) is not beautiful, nor pleasant or sensual. The work of Carol Rama neither. But it says a lot of the world in which we live.
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