-Anatomical Venus, the body of desire-

Our body is a conflicting field that is difficult to define, a place of convergence
or of dispute and of complex moral, biological, and political instincts. The social
battle, the struggle of gender and class, takes place in your body, but you do
not always realize it.
Juan Antonio Ramírez



The Anatomical Venus were extremely realistic sculptures of idealized female bodies, usually made of wax. They mainly were pregnant women usually represented in a resting position, and were composed of moving parts to allow access to the insides of their body through consecutive dissections until reaching the fetus.
In the Anatòmica Lib.III the Venus presented does not follow the conventions of beauty, but is more reminiscent of figurines called Paleolithic Venus, and above all the famous Venus of Willendorf, with which it shares a very similar anatomy. The hypothesis of these statuettes suggests that they refer to the prevailing canon of beauty of that time, symbols of fertility and abundance, or safety, success, and prosperity.

Mixing all these meanings, the piece is shown as a statue of good luck - the body of desire. On the contrary of the Anatomical Venus, the statue is empty and must be filled with the desires of the audience, who can throw into it a coin or a piece of paper on which they have written what they would want to change about their appearance by following these instructions: "with your left hand you can throw a folded piece of paper that contains your wish or you may throw a coin while you thinking about it. If the paper or coin lands inside, your wish will be granted.”


Sculpture
Papier maché
159 x 82 x 59 cm.
2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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