€1.500,00 – €2.250,00 incl. tax
Mezza voce, 2018
From the series ‘Songs for soprano’
Photopolymergravure (toyobo etching) on chine collé
Hahnemühle + Japanese Kitakata paper, framed in uncoated nut wood w/museum glass
Size limited editions of 5 + 2 AP’s
Signed, numbered and provided with a certificate of authentification.
Shipping: pick up by appointment at Galerie Caroline O’Breen or at the artist’s atelier, both in Amsterdam.
Mezza Voce (meaning ‘performed using about half the singer’s vocal power’) is part of ‘Songs for soprano’, my photo essay on the life and times of Anna Witsen. It tells the story of an aristocratic young woman with impossible singing ambitions, depressions and an unrequited love at the end of the 19th century. The dogmatic ideas about the position of women and how to fulfill that role in that time meant for a woman of Anna’s position that she should not be who she wanted to be: a professional soprano singer.
Is gender equality better today? Maybe a little, but certainly not entirely. It was only recently announced that the opportunities for Dutch women in the economic and political field deteriorated in 2019. This is one of the reasons why the Netherlands has dropped from 27th to 38th place on the Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
By telling Anna’s story, I hope to draw attention to this theme. After all, equal rights and opportunities for everyone are essential for development, prosperity and peace I think. Please take a look at the whole photo essay ‘Songs for soprano’ and download the artist statement.
More information and on view on request: Galerie Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam