A Room of One’s Own took place in New York, in the beautiful domestic space of a brownstone in Harlem, from February 28 to March 8, 2020. The show was open during NADA New York Gallery Open. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s famous essay on the need for space within a male-dominated industry, the exhibition candidly acknowledges the obstacles encountered by women artists, which are too often separated from contemporary discourse on financial security, time and individual freedom.
Following the flux of consciousness in Woolf’s essay, the exhibition allowed itself to be inhabited by shifting identities and improbable answers. The conceptual room opened its hidden doors to fiction, to travels outside its premises, no longer wishing to gaze longingly at the horizon, but rather to become the limitless line across which Other spaces are born.
The exhibition focused on transitive spaces of creation as seen by artists whose lives are bound continuously outward. For the artists’ work to be seen, their own rooms are always in an outsider space, where the artists become unknown guests. The domestic allure of the Harlem brownstone revealed an inner world to its visitors, transforming into a laboratory wherein parallel spaces of folding and unfolding realities emerge.
Thank you to Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and Audry Casusol for hosting the exhibition.
The artists’ participation was kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.