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Nancy Spero

Studio Stefania Miscetti

Blue, 2009, is a definitive statement in the long series of installations that Nancy Spero has dedicated to the history of violence against women. In this austere work, three black female figures on all fours are stamped onto the bottom of a wall—pushed to the ground, subjugated—while a ferocious male head, painted on an aluminum cutout, hangs suspended from the ceiling. On the beams above, like an ancient inscription in capital letters and varying in tones from gold and silver to blue and black, runs a text that describes an elemental scene of merciless cruelty. The space in this show was occupied—I would even say controlled—only by the words that represent a violent male action, while the female figures were peripheral, almost to the point of disappearance. Here, the male holds the power of Logos and has the privilege to write History. The female is formless, without individual

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