GOOD BOYS – exhibition by Harita Asumani

GOOD BOYS – exhibition by Harita Asumani

 

Curator: Simeon Vasilev

01.07 – 21.07.2024

Opening: 01.July (Monday), 6:00 – 9:00 pm

See all works from the exhibition HERE!

In feminist theory, the “male gaze” refers to depicting women in visual arts and literature from a male perspective, presenting women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the heterosexual male viewer. The male gaze on the female body is instinctive and compelling: the man watches, and the woman is watched. Harita Asumani’s new exhibition, “Good Boys,” reverses these roles. The female artist observes and paints from her memories the men who have left an imprint on her life. These works are based on real individuals, portraying men who have romantically, enchantingly, and erotically impacted the artist.

Harita is unafraid to explore sexuality in her work. Sexual freedom and feminism are central themes, seamlessly blending with her signature use of pink. Whether presenting herself nude in challenging poses or depicting intimate scenes with her partner, Haritha addresses these themes with comfort and confidence.

In “Good Boys,” Harita creates doubles of these men, even if she has only exchanged a word with them. She captures their most appealing qualities, painting these strangers and their fictional worlds through a pink prism. The curator also becomes a subject, appearing as one of the portraits, creating a reflective interplay of perspectives. These men are observed, painted, and involved in the process, viewed through the exhibition’s thematic lens.

Harita describes her process: “We’ve only caught up with some of them a few times. During this time, an energy-information exchange has occurred. This chaotic information has lingered in my subconscious long after our last meeting. When my mind conjures their image, I piece together what is available, adding the necessary bright colors. In my imagination, these men are ‘good boys.”

In her recollection of these men, Harita conveys the sensual sensation evoked by the “measuring with the gaze.” This exchange of glances inverts the roles of object and observer. Harita’s distance from the real individuals preserves her romanticized notions of them.

 

Alongside the five paintings in the exhibition, audio recordings of Haritha’s personal stories and experiences invite viewers to immerse themselves in her romantic memories. Together, we watch the “good boys.”

Simeon Vasilev

 

About the artist:

 

Harita Asumani was born in 1992 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She is a visual artist currently living and working in Italy. Harita studied Stage and Costume Design at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. Although she did not pursue a professional career in this field, she strongly identifies with the principles of stage design, believing that ideas and meanings should shape the outcome.

In 2017, Harita participated in the Cité Internationale des Arts residency in Paris.

Her first major solo exhibition, ‘Existence Minimum’, was realized in 2018. In 2019, she was selected by the Goethe-Institut and Credo Bonum for the ‘Art Start’ program, which highlights emerging artists. Harita has demonstrated her support for the LGBT+ community and Sofia Pride through her participation in activist exhibitions such as FORMS IN AETHER and HOMOSOC at PORT A in 2019, as well as Possible Bodies at DOZA Gallery in 2023. In 2020, she presented a deeply personal solo exhibition titled ‘FALLING ≠ FLYING’ at KO-OP in Sofia.

In 2022, Harita was nominated for the BAZA Award and took part in a group exhibition with all nominees at the Sofia City Art Gallery. In 2023, she participated in a collaborative long-term project between Plovdiv and Timișoara, researching how artists discuss and verbally present their artistic practices.

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