São Paulo

View of “Regina Parra,” 2019. From left: Bacante I (Bacchante I), 2019; Bacante II, 2019; Bacante III, 2019.

Regina Parra

Galeria Millan

As a wave of conservatism sweeps the globe, among the welcome signs of resistance is the continuing spread of feminist discourses. Regina Parra’s solo show “Bacante” (Bacchante) took inspiration from Euripides’s tragedy The Bacchae to offer a perspective on feminism and the female self that is rooted in antiquity. While the play was the artist’s point of departure, her research was informed by wider studies in Greek mythology and poetry as well as nineteenth-century photographic investigations of hysteria. 

A series of six oil paintings on paper, “A Perigosa” (The Dangerous One) (all works 2019), depicted close-ups of a female body (that of the artist) dressed in a white T-shirt and orange trousers, lying on a parquet floor. In some she thrusts her fingers into her mouth or into the flesh around her jaw; in others she tugs at her midriff. Her gestures oscillate between sensuality and

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