Egyptian mythology from a modern feminist perspective

Equality- Nicole Wassall
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Introduction

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Virtual Catalogue

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Acknowledgments


ISIS AND HORUS, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

THE DANCE, Nancy Spero

THE DANCE, Nancy Spero
The Dance is a limited edition linocut print from 1993. It depicts Nut, the ancient Egyptian sky goddess, while four women based on figures from ancient Greek vases carry out an erotic dance beneath her.

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GEB AND NUT, David Deweerdt

GEB AND NUT, David Deweerdt

Geb and Nut is a large painting that explores psychological states through physical postures. The female figure is depicted as a protective force arching over the crouching body beneath her – her pose recalls that of Nut the sky goddess.

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BROOCH, Nooji Studio

BROOCH, Nooji Studio

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NUT, Alaa Awad

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EGYPTIAN WOMEN, Alaa Awad

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QUEEN WITH SISTRUM AND LOTUS, James Putnam

QUEEN WITH SISTRUM AND LOTUS, James Putnam
Queen with Sistrum and Lotus depicts one of the most important queens of ancient Egypt, Nefertari. The favorite wife of Ramses II, this queen was able to read and write hieroglyphics, a talent that was not common for women. She was one of several notable and accomplished Egyptian women, such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, and Hatshepsut. 

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BURAK, Ana Maria Pacheco

BURAK, Ana Maria Pacheco

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QUETZALCOATL, Ana Maria Pacheco

QUETZALCOATL, Ana Maria Pacheco

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HADES II, Ana Maria Pacheco

HADES II, Ana Maria Pacheco

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SELF-PORTRAIT AS ISIS, Silvia Paci

SELF-PORTRAIT AS ISIS, Silvia Paci

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HAPI, Silvia Paci

HAPI, Silvia Paci

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AU SET, Claudia Niarni

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BLUE BODY, Bin Luo

BLUE BODY, Bin Luo

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AND SOMEHOW WE’RE MEANT TO BE PERFECT, Nicole Wassall

AND SOMEHOW WE'RE MEANT TO BE PERFECT, Nicole Wassall
And somehow we’re meant to be perfect is a structure consisting of three gold-plated mirrors within a frame with an empty space for a fourth. It questions how women look at themselves in patriarchal cultures. The irregularities of each mirror suggest the achievement of self-acceptance. 

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EQUALITY, Nicole Wassall

In Equality, a gilded metronome plays a slow and uncomfortable rhythm as a metaphor for the long wait for women’s liberation. The pyramid-shaped metronome itself acts as a mirror allowing the viewer to reflect on her place in history.

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ARCHITECTURE AS THE FABRIC I, Almagul Menlibayeva

ARCHITECTURE AS THE FABRIC I, Almagul Menlibayeva

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SURVIVAL AND FANTASY, Bin Zhao

SURVIVAL AND FANTASY, Bin Zhao

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RIDDLE, Lu Han

RIDDLE, Lu Han

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LETTER TO YOU, Crisia Constantine

Letter to you is a poem directed to the viewer, the reader, the lover. A letter from the artist to 'you'.
Letter to you is a poem directed to the viewer, the reader, the lover. A letter from the artist to ‘you’. The disorder of letters is applied as a metaphor for the misconceptions at the heart of the mother-child relationship.

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PROTOTYPE (POST-PARTUM DOCUMENT — DOCUMENTATION VI), Mary Kelly

The prototype is a preparatory slate for the five-year project, Post-Partum Document.
The prototype is a preparatory slate for the five-year project, Post-Partum Document. The artwork documents the development of Kelly’s son as a child, as well as, the role of the mother throughout. Through the use of autobiographical language, Kelly reflects on idealizations of motherhood that distort reality, and on conventional representations of the Madonna and the infant Jesus. 

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The exhibition changed to an online exhibition due to the worldwide Covid19 pandemic.