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Shertise Solano en Ronald de Graaff
Shertise Solano en Ronald de Graaff, Maskers, mixed-media, acryl en collage op prespane (2015)
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Shertise Solano
Shertise Solano en Ronald de Graaff, Maskers, mixed-media, acryl en collage op prespane, 2015

23 Jun –
26 Jul 2015

Side-expo: 'Venus' masks by Shertise Solano & Ronald de Graaff

On Tuesday June 23rd 2015 Framer Framed hosted the amazing performance directed by Milone Reigman VENUS – The anti-hero Hero, on the history of black bodies and representation in art. The exhibition space was alive with discussion, music, performances and… art by Shertise Solano and Ronald De Graaff.

The titel of the performance refers to the objectification and forced public display of  Sarah Baartman (c.1789– 29 December 1815), a Khoikhoi woman who was exhibited as a ‘freak show’ attraction in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus, a name which was later attributed to at least one other woman similarly exhibited. The women were exhibited for their steatopygic body type uncommon in Western Europe which not only was perceived as a curiosity at that time, but became subject of scientific interest as well as of erotic projection.

Shertise Solano and Ronald De Graaff  created a series of beautiful masks especially for the  Venus performance. The event was part of the exciting programme Perspectives, a series of public events curated by Amal Alhaag in the context of the exhibition Embodied Spaces (2015). We really liked the masks and thought it was an amazing addition to the running exhibition. Therefore, Shertise Solano’s masks are on display in the Tolhuistuin hallway downstairs, from Friday 3rd July! Feel free to come view them during the runtime of the exhibition Embodied Spaces, until July 26th, 2015.

For more one  Shertise Solano and Ronald De Graaff, please refer to the link on the right.

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Masks, 2015
Shertise Solano and Ronald de Graaff
Mixed-media: acrylic and collage on prespane

Colonial history / Feminism / Performance /


Exhibition: Embodied Spaces

An exhibition curated by Christine Eyene on the body, gender and identity.


VENUS: the anti-hero hero
An interactive programme that explores the historically violent imageries surrounding Venus.
Public encounters in the context of the exhibition Embodied Spaces.


Shertise Solano

Shertise Solano


Milone Reigman

Director and actress

Amal Alhaag