“Other Alternatives”

Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO)

Subtitled “New Visual Experiences in Portugal” and gathering works by twenty Portuguese artists under the age of thirty-five, this exhibition confirmed the vitality of the Portuguese artistic scene. It took place in Galicia, a border region with close ties to Portugal. MARCO, housed in a former prison constructed on the model of Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon, invited the viewer to begin at its center, where Joana Vasconcelos’s A noiva (The Bride), 2001, was situated. A chandelier fifteen feet high and over seven feet in diameter hung from the ceiling, dropping to a mere eight inches from the floor. In place of bulbs or glass ornaments it displayed thousands of very white rolled-up OB tampons—a provocative reflection on the condition of women in societies, such as that of Iberia, dominated until recently by dictatorships whose inspiration was the most conservative and misogynistic version of

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