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This Madrid based exhibition is empowering women through art

Woman Is Art explores the complexity of modern femininity.

With ARCO Madrid launching in Spain’s capital last week all eyes were on the city as some of Europe’s most exciting modern art pitched up in the city. And to coincide with both ARCO and International Women’s Day this Friday hotel brand ME by Meliá have added their own exhibition into the capital’s already thriving artistic scene.

Titled Woman Is Art the exhibition – which is open to both the public and hotel guests – is a collection of some of Madrid’s most prominent emerging artists, all sharing their unique viewpoint on the the complexity of modern womanhood today. Featuring half male and half female artists the exhibition also allows femininity to be viewed through the prism of both the female and male gaze, leading to poignant discussion and debate around gender and sexuality, its evolving status in art and photography and the future of femininity.

Artists featured include illustrator Flavita Banana, winner of the Gat Perich Prize for graphic humour in 2018; Ricardo Cavolo, who has illustrated for Glastonbury Festival, Gucci, Apple, Starbucks and Alexander McQueen; Fashion Photographer Andrea Savall, who has worked with Vogue, Pull & Bear and Heridadegato; and Filip Custic, who specialises in photography, performance art and sculpture and was the art director and photographer of El Mal Querer, the latest album from globally renowned Spanish singer Rosalía. Work veers from the provocative – Filip Custic’s exaggerated depiction of the female form to Justin Reissman’s exploration of fluid sexuality and gender stereotypes to female artist Soy Cardo irreverent take on female sex with an illustration that translates to “I don’t want your flowers, I just want to fuck you”. And in his painting Jasmine Rules, revered Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo depicts both the ties that bind women and the strength it takes to break free of them.

‘Woman Is Art’ is part of ME by Meliá’s cultural initiative, ‘The Cultural Collective’, which sees the brand collaborate with cutting-edge creative minds from across the globe to bring ground-breaking contemporary culture and the latest in innovation, art, design and creativity into ME hotels. “With the exhibition Woman Is Art, we have focused all our efforts on celebrating women who are a true inspiration, highlighting the important cultural contribution they bring into our society,” says Alba Bustamante, the Global Marketing Director at ME by Melia. “We are thrilled to be honouring the works of these leading artists during Madrid’s most renowned art fair and hope to encourage all visitors to celebrate women everywhere.”

Woman Is Art will be on show at the ME by Melia in Madrid until the end of March

Explore more of the works in the exhibition below

4 March 2019