Olympia is a “sewn” digital image printed on canvas. It’s an homage to Victorine Meurent, a model for Édouard Manet’s painting. Olympia shocked the Parisian public in 1863 not because of its nudity, as the reclining Venus has always been naked, but it was her flirty gaze that tells us, that she is well aware of her sexuality. Victorine Meurent (also the model for Le Déjeuner sur L’herbe) was a painter, who even exhibited at the Paris Salon. The fact that Manet’s model was an ambitious artist and not a prostitute, as she was labeled, is a creative identificatory moment for me.
Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
15 October 2020 – 26 October 2021
Curators: Danijela Dugandžić & Jelena Petrović