Rebecca Brodskis: La Danse de Absurde at Anna Marra Gallery, Rome
October 7 – November 13, 2021
The Anna Marra Gallery is pleased to present La danse de l’absurde, Rebecca Brodskis’ first solo show in Italy, curated by Giorgia Calò.
The exhibition presents twelve works created specifically for the occasion, inspired by images of expressionist dancers and by Albert Camus’ philosophy of the absurd.
Rebecca Brodskis’s portraits are decontextualized with respect to any space-time reference, they live in a different dimension because their distinctive figure focuses on the human being, regardless of his or her gender identity, place of origin, cultural heritage or time in where he lives. Detached from the classical idea of representation, they investigate the human soul in an introspection that focuses on the alienating and at the same time real condition of man.
Thus, the artist invites us to go beyond the limits of reality, thus accessing infinite possibilities of personal identity that emotionally attracts the viewer and at the same time challenge him intellectually.
Rebecca Brodskis’s work explores through painting the relationship between the human being and the social context, a world in constant change that often escapes our understanding. The protagonists of his works, who appear gripped by doubt, anxiety and disorientation, “are metaphors of the contemporary human entangled in ever-expanding social circles. They wander through the meanders of sprawling cities, condemned to extreme lucidity but constantly invaded by the fear of tomorrow “, says the artist.
The reference to Camus and his Trilogy of the absurd is explicit. The author, denying any value to a meaning that is transcendent to life and the world, recognizes existence itself as absurd. The lack of meaning of existence and of reasons for living – the absurd, in fact – is not in the nature of man as such, but in the social superstructures that he creates to regulate his own existence. However, the creation of interpersonal bonds is not always easy and the search for inter-human bond continually eludes.
From these reflections Rebecca Brodskis introduces her own positive response to the absurdity of human existence, indicating in dance a possible way to search for a meaning. The expressionist dance to which the artist in particular is inspired – freer, more natural and less governed by rules – becomes a way to free oneself from the conventions and social patterns that oppress the most intimate nature of the individual. In dance, bodies touch and intertwine, thus promoting communication between human beings.
Foreigners are no longer foreigners, the unknown becomes palpable, giving meaning to life and a direction to one’s existence. The human bond, therefore, is revealed in the awareness of the absurd and in the constant attempt to overcome it.