Narcissister, Burka Barbie, 2014, 5:18 secs

MATRIARCHY & FEMALE MUSES, Berlin 2018                       

East, Middle East and West

curated by Giuseppe Ruffo


January 15–January 22, 2019

coGalleries, Torstrasse 170, Berlin, Germany

Opening : Tuesday, January 15, 6–8 PM 



GR Contemporary art is pleased to present Matriarchy & Female Muses: Est, Middle East and West at the coGalleries, Torstrasse 170, located in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition features work by Luca Iovino, Sasha Kurmaz, Chrischa Venus Oswald, Narcissister, Giovanni De Angelis, Paulina Otylie Surys and Luo Yang.


Matriarchy & Female Muses: East, Middle East and West is a group show exploring the vision of representation of women in western world and its culture. 

The Matriarchy, opposition of the Patriarchy, is a system of society or government ruled by a woman or women. Matriarchy was born in primitive human communities, where religions are represented by very important female deities, with cults representing "Dee Mothers". The concept is widespread in the central-eastern Mediterranean Sea, where The Great Mother was symbolically identified with the land that bears fruit.  The earliest and most erudite study of matriarchy was published  in 1861 by Johann Jakob Bachofen. His Das Mutterrecht ("Mother right") - an investigation of the religious and juridical character of matriarchy in the ancient world,l had a great  impact on 19th century views on the evolution of early social institutions.


The importance of the muses in Western religion, art and culture was  immense - they represented the supreme ideal of art, the eternal magnificence of the divine, a theme recurrent  through the history of art.

In ever-changing reality, globalization dominates over diversity, imposing a status quo ante common to all nations, with a standardization of lifestyle and a socio-cultural homologation. The frenetic use of internet and social media transform characters into advertising campaigns, transforming a man into an object of consumption.


Fortunately, human ethology does not change rapidly, some cognitive processes remain unchanged. People's behaviors,

habits, or "cultural acts" remain stable, testimony to the historical richness of diversity.


Matriarchy & Female Muses: East, Middle East and West, an exhibition project that compares artists of different nationalities, who express, represent and teach the cultural, religious and ethical differences of women, the predominant and central object and figure for human development.

Sasha Kurmaz

Tweet your postcard, Naples 2017

Curated by Giuseppe Ruffo  


Jae Ahn, Jaeyong Choi, Luca Iovino, Hyom Kang, Morbh,

Sasha Kurmaz, Paulina Otylie Surys, Marco Vacchi                                                                                                      

The postcard was born at the end of the 1800s, a piece of cardboard used for short correspondences with the intention of replacing the use of expensive letters.  Art over time has gone hand in hand with the development of the postcard.  In fact artists from several different movements, (Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Futurism and Surrealism among others) have made many strong contributions to the realisation and dissemination of it.  In 1970 mail art was born with Ray Johnson who used postal objects as a form of artistic expression.

The postcard’s function for almost two centuries anticipated the concept of a "Tweet".  In Austria, at the end of the 1800s, a small piece of ivory coloured cardboard was produced, one side of which was intended for a message not exceeding twenty words.  Over the last 150 years the concept of communication has changed surprisingly little and yet, as the world has become more and more hyper-connected, the frequency of communications between people all over the globe has grown exponentially.  The tools that enable this gargantuan operation, in addition to their function of allowing us to communicate and connect to the world, have a subtle and persuasive affect on the user.

The proliferation of such tools as we currently have for mass communication can have strong consequences.  Real world problems like the exploitation of human resources and the exponential increase in waste production need only play a marginal role in our lives while we allow ourselves to remain unceasingly transfixed by perpetual communication.  Commercial advertising for instance, it keeps the population dazzled, feeding us an unending series of complex messages that render the individual a helpless consumer.  

"Tweet your postcard, Naples 2017" is a curatorial concept, a creative act utilising recycled paper in its realisation.  It provides a moment for reflection, analysis and response to the issues we face with modern communication.  The image printed on the front of the postcard effectively sanctions its communicative essence.  The back of the postcard features a frieze piece where you can enter a dedication, message or "paper tweet". with space set aside for an address and for postage.

Communicate freely, requesting your postcard free at

Silence, Seoul 2017

Curated by Giuseppe Ruffo  

Jaeyong Choi, Luca Iovino, Nadia Al Issa, Hyom Kang, Sasha Kurmaz 

Paulina Otylie Surys, Grup Budapeszt                                                                                                       

August 5 - August 15, 2017

Opening  Tuesday, August 5, 5-8 pm


 7-1 Dorim-ro 126-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea



Silence can be originated from a condition lack of noises, chaos or commotion, and as a form of speech without words but perspicuous. It may thus constitute a particular strength, having explicit message. Leopardi imagines the silence coming that entity manages to go further to the human dimension and the perception of reality, until you get to a profound stillness in endless space. "Human silences, and deepest quiet I thought I pretend " (Leopardi, The Infinite).

Silence can be divided in two categories: the natural harmonic balance between product and living beings and the human silence, which may represent a behavior intended to indifference, evoking, and in some cases crossing the fine line that coexists between ‘human and inhuman (wars, racial discrimination, harassment).

The art is one of the most sublime human activity, a communicative capacity that allows even without the emission of sounds, succeeding to his time to arise emotional states.

The artworks can represent the artist's unconscious part what is out during the creative act, reflecting following their moral values, cultural and ethical.