Detail from Could Be (An Arrow): A Reading of La Colección Jumex.
Could Be (An Arrow) is an exhibition of works from La Colección Jumex by female artists who have sought to interrogate and, in some cases, subvert the traditional canons of image production in art.
Informed by philosopher Walter Benjamin’s “optical unconscious,” the exhibition gathers more than 60 works in diverse media including photographs, film, drawings, and objects which augment the definition of what is, or could be considered, an image. Throughout the show, works challenge prescribed identifications of femininity and an expanded notion of portraiture is put forward, whereby images can act as mirrors – allowing us to see and disrupt notions of identity produced by a reflection.
Organized in thematic sections, the exhibition features works by Anna Boghiguian, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz Carol Bove, Mariana Castillo Deball, Mónica Castillo, Anne Collier, Minerva Cuevas, Moyra Davey, Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Ceal Floyer, Ana Gallardo, Andrea Geyer, Silvia Gruner, Candida Höfer, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Marine Hugonnier, Luisa Lambri, Adriana Lara, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sharon Lockhart, Sarah Lucas, Tala Madani, Ana Mendieta, Annette Messager, Catherine Opie, Tania Pérez Córdova, Amalia Pica, Pipilotti Rist, Daniela Rosell, Kiki Smith, Melanie Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Tatiana Trouvé, Lake Verea, Hannah Wilke, Cathy Wilkes and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa.
(Photo courtesy of Museo Jumex.)