Espai [b] is hosting this interdisciplinary exhibition by masterfully combining the work of two artists who have explored the same motif of women’s bodies beneath the surface of the water, although from different conceptual perspectives and through different mediums.
Photographer Gemma Silvestre and painter Valeria Pesce both recall the Greek mythology of sirens in their work. At once beautiful and dangerous, melodious and haunting, they would ensnare sailors, luring them with their enchanting voices, causing their ships to dash against the rocks.
Silvestre’s photographs are swimming with distortion and reflection. They poignantly capture the lightness of this aquatic world, devoid of gravity, and the interplay of light and water is as mesmerising as the sirens were famed to be.
Pesce’s painting is remarkably lifelike, using the medium to explore the movement of women’s bodies in their natural glory. The water appears like amniotic fluid—in a natural but unknown state. At times women are painted in the tenderness of the foetal position, and at others as unearthly beings.