On 10 March 2022, members of our club visited the art museum at the University of Alicante and had a privilege of meeting two of the artists exhibiting. First, we saw the Jungles exhibition in the company of its creator, the Cuban artist Elio Rodriguez (who lives in Elche). Then the museum coordinator Reme Navarro gave us a tour of the group exhibition Mulier Mulieris with works by 14 female and 4 male artists, all centred on the historical and contemporary female experience. One of the exhibiting artists, Susana Guerrero, explained her work in the series Las Decapitadas. For me, the highlight, besides the work of these two artists, were the photographs by Lisl Steiner and the “chapel”, a series of small paintings illustrating passages from the Bible that touch on the role of women, especially those (many) that define women as subordinate to men, or even their property. Quite striking.
I had visited the museum less than a week earlier, but it turned out to be a very different experience to visit in the company of the artists and to hear the explanations of their work straight from the primary source.
The Mulier Mulieris exhibition runs until May 8th, Elio Rodriguez’s Jungles exhibition until May 1st, and the Lisl Steiner exhibition closes on April 3rd.
Here are some photos from our visit.