: Friday, 29 April 2022, 6 – 9 pmExhibition
: 28 April – 25 June 2022
Venue: Persons Projects | Helsinki School, Lindenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin
During Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022.
Persons Projects is proud to present Milja Laurila’s Untitled Women
series, which utilizes a present day feminist lens to understand how
women have historically been viewed by men.
The 1930s book titled
Woman. An Historical Gynæcological and Anthropological Compendium acts
as a point of departure for Laurila’s work. Originally published in
German in 1885 and written by three men, the book is illustrated with
hundreds of photographs of naked women and children from all over the
world, primarily colonized countries. This cross between anthropology,
racism, and sexism, come together to create an uncomfortable viewing
experience that claims to be ‘scientific’. The photographed women have
no voice and they are presented as exotic specimens found in nature. The
ethnographic pictorial style allowed the pretence of looking at women
objectively and innocently. The exoticizing gaze, with its sexual
desire, was hidden behind the veneer of legitimate scientific inquiry.