“Only Child,” oil on canvas, 2019, 90 x 152 cm.
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"In Memory of Patriarchy," the latest exhibition by Syrian artist Rita Adib, takes a firm stance on fragile masculinity, explored through the artist's own experiences and early memories. Curated by Dima Mikhayel Matta, the show, up at 392rmeil393, gathers paintings, sketches, installations and sculptures of patriarchal figures and turns them into monstrous figures of ridicule.While the political section targets policies favoring men, the intimate section looks at the dynamics between men and women.Adib's paintings, sketches and sculptures all depict people as bulbous, monstrous, twisted figures the men reflecting the grotesque nature of patriarchy, the women's inner unhappiness made visible. One such painting is "Only Child," a sarcastic reinterpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper," showing a male child as the central figure surrounded by his disciple sisters, all painted as monsters. While the show ultimately portrays men in an unflattering light, Adib isn't worried about how men will receive her artwork. "In Memory of Patriarchy" is up at 392rmeil393, Gemmayzeh, until Dec. 31 .
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