We all know what manspreading means. It “is a manifestation of a culturally established belief about men’s unalienable right to impose their individual presence in space.” As Ania Chromik states in her curatorial commentary on the exhibition, “[m]anspreading is also the confidence of domination based on power and disdain towards the underprivileged, as well as showing no consideration for others. What is womanspreading then?” Well, what is it indeed? We do not consider it a 1:1 response to the aggressive masculine gesture met with the similar intrusion of a female knee. Quoting the leading text again: “[c]ertainly, a woman sitting with her legs apart might evoke – literally and metaphorically – a powerful and critical initiation gesture of agency and reclaiming her corporeality, as well as a rebellion against the obligation to keep your knees together like a good girl.” But oh, it is so much more than just that. As much as we love the idea of “this is our fucking time now” (again, quotation from the text), we believe womanspreading to be a lively wave claiming the reality of today.It spreads into physical space of bodily comfort and freedom of movement that reaches beyond stylizing the body for pleasure of the male gaze. What is more, it is very much about spreading the “infection” of dreamy eeriness, the spectral glitch of joyful shamelessness, the sisterly vitaliy that is beyond beauty standards and the oppression of feminine mystique.
The artistic union of Keymo and Demko, both represented by TA Foundation, is an energetic get-together of two incredible personas: “[w]e propose to read the term womanspreading as something that exceeds the individual level to become “female spreading” or “proliferation”, spreading the ‘female virus.’ This is our key to the works of the Keymo/Demko duo.” Both eager and aware, both curious and visual, both reaching for the uncanny mystical and passionate about the corporeal, and each unique in their own way: “(…) “Keymo infects Demko with her eerie erotic tension and fantastic weirdness. Demko infects Keymo with her roguish and girlish energy like from Alice of Wonderland. Yet the power of these works exceeds the mutual relation of the artists – it spreads wide.”
We welcome you to join in and ride the wave, drop your guard and get infected. Feel it. “What spreads here is the affirmation of female freedom of expression, agency and collectivity; a virus of the dreamy uncanny, a contestation of the rational masculine order and a lot of effervescent troublemaking.”
(from the text by dr Anny Chromik)
The full text on the exhibition is available here: file PDF/EN
TA Foundation was established in 2017 in an important time of intensive political manifestations, and, at the same time, on the basis of the individual anxiety and revolt, in the sense of devaluation of attitudes and concepts connected to feminism, with the need to take action, by Anna Chromik, Karolina Harazim–Mazur i Ewa Pasternak–Kapera.