Andrea Valencia




A part of art criticism, which includes the more traditional feminist critique argues that good art has no sex. Certainly the task of criticism is simplified when shuns the debate on the influence of sex in what artist creates. This view of art as an asexual representation of its creators departs from the discussion of the social mechanisms that encourage or obstruct the exercise of artistic activity and the real war of the sexes. By contrast, contemporary criticism points in another direction: the sex of the artists should not be taken as one more fact but as a social construction.

The Colombian artist Andrea Valencia presents a series of paintings entitled "Sisterhood". We are facing a marked change from previous series as the one presented in Lisbon in 2013 in his solo exhibition entitled "The Collective Dream". In the Collective Dream Valencia presented large canvas, images mostly individuals saturated and vivid colors, where there was little room for white. In "Sisterhood", contrary to previous works, solitary figures prevail, there is a place for vacuum, white appears as an important part of the intention of the work and allows the characters a more leisurely breath. The color palette has gone from hot to cold and metallic tones of this new series. The support also has changed through the paper web. What remains in the work of Valencia is the critique of culture as a source of expression. The Women that Valencia plasma in this series are virgins only in appearance. They can wear a veil, but also wear trousers and ways of being in the world are women who have not relinquished ownership of your body. Neither is submissive or is resigned to virginity. As the work of the Spanish Eduardo Arroyo, aesthetics Valencia proposal could include within the pop art, not only in the form affinities, but also because of her interest in the environment and cultural criticism, though in Colombian prevailing interest in exploring the portrayal of women in the world. There is a reason why some patriarchal religions hide the hair of women under veils. The hair also represent the pubic hair and covering women's hair her sexuality is canceled. What if the woman shows pubic hair and hides the head hair? The art project by Andrea Valencia takes a step forward by proposing a sorority in which each of them is representative of their own sexuality under robes and veils . The women is not the clothes she wears, it is the spirit that inhabits it. The work of Andrea Valencia reinforces the brutality and the graphic power of the visual codes. The paintings in this series are beautiful, but above all make us think about the role of women and the different stereotypes still perpetuated today in our societies.

Lauren Mendinueta , Colombian poet and writer.