Salinas. Pressed Out Women
Date: 31 March - 12 June
Curator: Mª Luisa López Moreno
Exhibition Session: The Political Constitution of the Present
The pieces showed by Inmaculada Salinas (Guadalcanal, Sevilla, 1967) have
been made in the last three years and grouped in four series whose common
feature is the repetitive and processual nature of all the works on paper,
starting from a certain subject. Woman as a social subject is the topic
of Prensadas, Visión de las vencidas and Espejo.
In Como fondo, the artist reflects on the autonomy of painting
and also on the role to which it is often reduced: as a decorative object
which represents power.
By means of hundreds of cards showing press pictures, Salinas makes a
statistical study about the presence/absence of women in the media.
Como fondo (2010-2011).
Using press cuttings in which outstanding pieces of art serve as a background
for different important figures, the artist erases people's identity thus
overshadowing their presence and giving prominence to the paintings. Her
own monochromatic paintings, that follow an upward chromatic colour scale,
prevail over these facts demonstrating the autonomy of painting.
Visión de las vencidas (2008-2009).
The book by the anthropologist Miguel León Portilla, Visión de los
vencidos, based on writings by Mexican indigenous, has been the reference
for this work. Salinas takes fifty sentences from the book which include
the word mujer (woman) or attributes regarding the place of women
The artist repetitively writes the word mujer (woman) in forty
white cards therefore doing a formal repetitive exercise. Besides, she
uses her left hand for writing half of them thus provoking visual tension
and changes of rhythm in the whole of the card.