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For International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Yolanda Domínguez shares exhibit and seminar

cartell 2020 LBD“Little Black Dress” reflects on how diversity among female bodies is rendered invisible

At 6.00pm on Monday 23 November, Yolanda Domínguez pulls the curtain back on the exhibit “Little Black Dress”. The title is lifted from fashion jargon, and refers to the short, black and versatile number that every woman is expected to keep in the back of her closet.

“LBD” explores how the canons that underpin the world of fashion exert influence and pressure on people’s construction of the female body. In the beginning fashion was tailor-made for every customer: tailors crafted designer dresses by adapting them to the bodies of individual women. The industrial revolution meant the rise of mass-produced ready-to-wear apparel, and predetermined sizes brought a significant change: it was henceforth the woman’s body that adapted to the dress, not the other way round. Collections, catalogues and runway shows have been consigned to a single size —the European 38— ever since. The young, slender, white woman as model would go on to become a stereotype in cinema, TV and media, rendering the female body’s diversity of sizes, shapes, colours and ages invisible.

The women who don Domínguez’s size-38, “fast fashion” little black dress come in all sizes, colours and ages. Domínguez’s photos are about conjuring a world of corporal diversity — then holding that world against constraining stereotypes, and contrasting the two. The dress is tight on some models, loose on others, but each and every woman who wears it embodies power and body-pride.

“LBS” is a reflection on gender and social consciousness, a critical look at representations of women in fashion, an invitation to embrace diversity.

The exhibit is open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 23 November to 5 December in the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”. Gallery closed Sundays and Monday mornings. Opening night on Monday 23 November.

“Change images, change the world”, a look at how images can operate in the transformation of the popular imagination

If you make images, share them or even just look at them, it’s important to know what you’re looking at. For some people, images are information, for others, a form of expression, and for others still, a chance to influence or manipulate. There are those that know how to use images to distinct ends and do so consciously, while others simply reproduce patterns, copying and pasting in blithe ignorance of the consequences their actions have on society.

Casting a long gaze at images throughout history (from painting to mass media), Yolanda Domínguez shows us how we relate to images, unpacks their social significance and explains how to use them consciously and for good. She uses examples from her own work to demonstrate the importance of transforming the popular imagination to eradicate social inequality.

The seminar is scheduled for 7.00pm Monday 24 November in the Centre d’Esports Nàutics. Space is limited and reservations are required (espaidonesformentera@gmail.com / 697.941.016 [WhatsApp]).

Yolanda Domínguez is a Spanish visual artist, photographer and activist. Her work involves feminist consciousness and social critique as they relate to gender, and consumption as a societal tool.

Domínguez studied Business Management and Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, completing her studies with a master’s in Art and New Technologies at the European University of Madrid and a master’s in Contemporary Photography at EFTI Madrid’s School of Photography. She gave classes as part of Madrid School of Marketing’s experiential master’s in Marketing Management for the Creative Industries, and worked as a professor and advisor for the EFTI’s Concept and Creation master’s programme. As a weekly contributor for Huffington Post Spain, Domínguez writes about media representations of women.

Irony and decontextualisation stand as two of Domínguez’s central strategies, and she champions the liberating force of laughter. The themes of gender and consumption frequently anchor her work. Domínguez believes that with the power to create images comes responsibility, and practices the art of action, a discipline based in impact and discomposure.

19 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Cine a los cuatro vientos’ returns to Formentera with programme of short films

cartell 2020 cine als 4 vents“Cine a los cuatro vientos” is a cultural project of the City of Soria International Short Film Festival that supports cinema by bringing SIFSF shorts to audiences across Spain.

Now in its eighth year, the one-time partner of the Posidonia Festival has joined forces with Casa del Poble de la Mola and Formentera Film Festival to present a selection of short films and a parallel programme that includes screenings at schools.

From next week, island audiences can enjoy 16 shorts from Spain and farther afield that have wooed crowds at the Soria Film Festival, Goya Awards, Oscars and numerous festivals around the globe. Shorts in this year’s programme are categorised as Fiction, Animation or Documentary and hail from France, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Morocco, USA, Canada and Colombia.

Screenings are scheduled 25, 26 and 27 November at the Casa del Poble de la Mola. Each session lasts ninety minutes and reservations are required (info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com).

The Formentera edition of Cine a los cuatro vientos is made possible by support from Formentera Film Festival, Espai F, Consell Insular de Formentera, Mediterrània Pitiüsa, Proauto and Moto Rent Pujols.

17 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Apneef benefit concert

cartell 2020 concert apneef 2The Eivissa-Formentera Association for People with Special Needs (Apneef) will host a fundraising gala Saturday 21 November. The event will take place at the Formentera Sala de Cultura (Cinema) at 8.00pm. Reservations may be made by calling 971.31.73.60, with tickets priced at €12 in advance or €15 at the box office a half hour before the function. Space is limited.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Photo tribute to rural women of Formentera settles into La Mola lighthouse

cartell 2020 dona rural far molaThe photo exhibit Homenatge a la dona de Formentera en el món rural (Tribute to Formentera’s rural woman) has taken up residence in the Far de la Mola gallery space, a location that will open for visits 10.00am to 2.00pm from this Thursday (Tuesdays to Saturdays). The display was previously on view in the inner courtyard of Sant Francesc’s Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”.

Dated between 1950 and present day and kept at the Consell’s image and sound archive, Arxiu d’Imatge i So, the 25 prints in the selection capture rural Formentera women in an array of situations. Credited photographers include Pere Català i Roca, Helga Sittl, Melba Levick, Rafael Bataller i Giralt and individuals that have contributed prints to past editions of the Beni Trutmann photo contest.

Backed by the Formentera Agriculture Department, the exhibit explores the full range of occupations tended to by rural women of the island — part of a bid to commemorate Rural Women’s Day on 15 October. Culture councillor Susana Labrador said the move to the La Mola lighthouse was “for those who hadn’t yet had a chance to check out the display”, and encouraged visitors to “stop in at the exhibit on the island’s maritime past”.

10 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Pine Islands crowds gear up for “Soñando a Pinocho”, a puppet show for the whole family

foto 2020 sonando a Pinocho2Youngsters will have a ball with Soñando a Pinocho, the latest family-friendly production from La Tartana Teatro that narrates the imagined run-up to the classic story of Pinocchio. The magic-steeped tale, which explores the beginnings of Pinocchio even before Gepetto conjures him into existence, as well as themes such as solitude and persevering to reach one’s goals, was nominated for the 2018 Max Award for best children’s production.

Pinocchio’s creation story
Gepetto toils in solitude as a stoker on an old steamboat, firewood and flames his only source of companionship.

The logs with which the boiler room brims will soon be consumed by the roaring flames... well, most of them! Handy with a knife, Gepetto uses some of the wood to carve figurines of all shapes and sizes.

He has a particular recipient in mind for the pint-size box he’s fashioning at the moment. Indeed, Gepetto is no longer alone: one sound keeps him company... the incessant chirping of his newest friend.

Is there something innately magical about the boiler room, or is the magic that surrounds the boilerman the product of his own solitude? Together, Gepetto and his friend the cricket embark an adventure that will lead them to discover a companion inside a simple block of wood.

The company
La Tartana débuted in 1977 with Polichinela, a hand-puppet classic that immediately made evident the troupe’s fascination with the world of puppetry.

Since then, the Juan Muñoz-directed troupe has put out nearly forty productions, racking up accolades and performing in big-name festivals around the globe. Winners of the 1998 Max Award for the Performing Arts and role models to more than a few generations of peers, La Tartana have experimented with every species of puppet, cutting productions with technical prowess, a keen eye for aesthetics and a commitment to education. La Tartana’s work has earned the troupe a place in the performing arts PARTHENON, and in the memories of many.

Designed for children three and up, Soñando a Pinocho takes place at 6.00pm Saturday 14 November at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Admission is €5 for children, and free for adults. Tickets may be reserved until 10.00am (13 October) by emailing reserves@conselldeformentera.cat.

Soñando a Pinocho comes to Formentera as part of PLATEA, a programme of the Spanish education, culture and sport ministry’s National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) which has given island audiences access to top-notch national theatre.

The day after their Formentera show, the troupe will offer a free performance of Soñando a Pinocho on Sunday 15 November (12.30pm) in Sant Josep’s Can Jeroni Cultural Centre. Tickets, which were initially available on cultura.santjosep.org, are now sold out.

9 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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