HIDDEN NARRATIVES

The exhibition brings together two very different personalities and artistic styles in photography, while simultaneously revealing a shared commitment to humanitarian causes, particularly those concerning women.

Exhibitions

HIDDEN NARRATIVES

The exhibition brings together two very different personalities and artistic styles in photography, while simultaneously revealing a shared commitment to humanitarian causes, particularly those concerning women.

Practical information

The exhibition is now on display at Arendt House, Luxembourg – Kirchberg

The exhibition "Hidden Narratives" is on view:

from Saturday 23 September 2023 to end of March 2024, every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

About the exhibition

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The exhibition brings together two very different personalities and artistic styles in photography, while simultaneously revealing a shared commitment to humanitarian causes, particularly those concerning women.

Both place social and political introspection at the heart of their artistic approach, which requires engagement, active listening and empathy. As the title suggests, there are several stories hiding within each photo. In this exhibition, the two photographers tell the stories of different women visually, with strength and dignity, while subtly evoking the context in which the images were taken.

Isabel Muñoz's magnificent photos in the Danza Khmer (Khmer dance) series are initially striking for the beauty of the gestures, the movement of the body and the expression of sensuality, but behind these vivid images lie a multitude of levels of interpretation. Isabel Muñoz created this series of Piseth Pilika, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, in Cambodia in 1996, 20 years after the Khmer Rouge genocide, and 3 years before Pilika was assassinated. It is not important to know all the details of the case, but the general context contributes to the narrative force.

Political, public and personal stories fuel Isabel Muñoz's photographs, which tell of the human condition through a female perspective, such as her portraits of Congolese women, who are full of hope despite the violence and rape they have suffered, or the Locura series, which in its seriality becomes a kind of mirror of society.

Known for her iconic photograph of the Nicaraguan guerrilla (1979), Susan Meiselas has continued to fight oppression throughout the years, always taking photographs that strike the right balance between the human relationship and the particular environment, between photographer and photographed, between representation and experience.

In her series A Room of Their Own (2015-2017), Susan Meiselas tackles the theme of domestic violence against women from a different perspective. We don't see the injured faces or bodies of women who have been subject to violence, but instead rooms that are full and empty, tidy and chaotic, highlighting objects that in this uncertain refuge become symbols of this new life.

(author: Paul di Felice)

 

Interview of Paul di Felice

2023.12.07 - Thumbnail - video interview - PDF about the exhibtion

In this video, the curator of Arendt’s exhibition “Hidden Narratives”, Paul Di Felice, discusses how it unites the two distinctive artistic styles of photographers Susan Meiselas and Isabel Muñoz and showcases their shared dedication to the causes dear to them.

Watch Paul Di Felice present the exhibition_

 

Interviews of the artists

2023.12.12 - thumbnail video - Susan Meiselas

Join Susan Meiselas in this new video as she deciphers the compelling narratives and emotions behind her photographs, which are currently part of the exhibition at Arendt House. Experience the depth of each image and explore the profound stories woven within.

Watch Susan Meiselas to discover these hidden narratives_

 

2023.12.12 - Thumbnail - video interview - Isabel Muñoz

Watch this new video and explore the compelling stories behind Isabel Muñoz's photos, which are currently being exhibited at Arendt House. Learn more about the harsh reality hidden behind the beauty of art.

Watch Isabel Muñoz as she unveils these hidden narratives_

Behind the scenes

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Pictures: Eric Chenal