Separate Rooms

photographic installation at Mikasa (BO, Italy)

American philosopher Judith Butler argues that “gender” is socially constructed through commonplace speech acts and nonverbal communication that are performative, in that they serve to define and maintain identities. “Performativity” delineates the set of actions and behaviours that are led to embody a gender stereotype. Taking inspiration from this discourse, the exhibition “Camera Separate/Separate Rooms” aims to explore the social and cultural meaning of the body and the way its representation is performed and -occasionally- challenged in young generations.

The images, produced in the cities of London and Rome, are at the same time a celebration of diversity, and an investigation on different approaches young men and women have towards their forming bodies and identities. The exhibition invites the viewer to confront, through the mirrors provided, his/her identities with the one shown through the portraits, and question its nature.

The exhibition is born from the encounter of the reflections of art historian Giulia Montini and Federica Mungo.