'Asmae' | Women* Portrait Series

Acylic on canvas

150 cm x 200 cm

2018

 

'Viola' | Women* Portrait Series

Acrylic on canvas

150 cm x 200 cm

2018

'Bernice' | Women* Portrait Series

Acrylic on canvas

150 cm x 200 cm

2017

With a total of 18 monumental works, each 150 x 200 cm, the women* series is a manifest for representation of women* as the subjects of their own narrative.

Rebekka Macht painted women* around her, family, friends, acquaintances, who inspired her. Reaching from someone she met on instagram, to an old friend from school, to her grandmother, the women* vary in age and how close they are to her. Though the series can be seen as a feminist endeavor, it is, for her, irrelevant wether the portrayed woman* identifies as feminist. What unifies the subjects is that 'They still all stand for the idea and navigate their own strong, independent way through a world full of limiting gender expectations, and shine a light to inspire others. And this is, essentially, what I want my viewer to receive.​​'  

Rebekka Macht also engages with common portrayals of women* in art and general society. With museum collections made up mainly of works of white men artists, showing women* as decorative objects, and media being dominated by beautified and sexualized images of women*, the artist aims to bing a counter-narrative to the table, and boldly does so with this large, oversized, body of work. 

Though diversity needs no justification, Macht also recognizes that taking up space with this series should happen with as many women* as possible seeing themselves visually represented, and especially those who are usually underrepresented in the images of the dominant group. 

Shown as natural as possible, some women* don't have visible clothing, and all of the works have plain backgrounds which merely show the foundation. The artist avoids contextualizing the women* as much as possible, leaving the focus entirely on the person themselves.

Rebekka Macht captures emotion and expression, seemingly putting the viewer in the presence of the actual persons.

As the artist is working on putting an exhibition of the whole series together, the experience of standing in a room with the presence of almost 20 monumental women* is yet to be experienced.

© 2019 Rebekka MACHT

Krefelder Str. 7-9, Cologne, Germany

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