|open monden (open mouths)|
open monden, 2011
45 pieces, each 100 x 100 cm (total 300 x 1500 cm)
Whether you open a magazine, glance through a clothes catalogue, look at advertisements at bus stops, on billboards or on scaffoldings: you see women with a dumb, horny look on their faces and their mouths open as if they say: ‘My mouth is already open, I can give you a blowjob.’
We are flooded by this kind of images and our society takes it for granted. Broekman thinks it’s shocking that women are still seen as lust objects, despite the sexual revolution of the sixties. More than forty years later it can be concluded that it didn’t lead to sexual freedom for women. On the contrary, thinking of women as objects seems to increase and women even contribute to it because they want to meet male fantasies in their behavior and appearances.
Broekman thinks this is a bewildering development, which she wants to draw attention to with this work of art.
The work open monden is composed of 45 faces of women with their mouths open.
Each face is 1 x 1 meter. These squares have been placed above each other in 3 rows of 15 pieces. The viewer sees a wall of 3 meters high and 15 meters long of enlarged faces of women with their mouths open. As a result of this the viewer realizes how absurd the expressions on the faces and the open monden actually are.
A text in which Broekman gives her opinion of contemporary body culture, female sexual looks and beauty ideals is placed over the 45 faces
Click here to see a film made by Laura Hermanides about open monden
at atelier barbara broekman