Fiftyone Gallery Is Proud to Present Judi Werthein’s 2017 Solo
Exhibition in Miami
“Unnamed” is a
tribute to “women martyrs,” those who have been sentenced and
executed in many societies, both ancient and modern, around the
world. From accusations of witchcraft, superstition and heresy that
plagued Central Europe at the beginning of the Modern Age —
where it’s estimated that somewhere between 60,000 and 5 million
women were burned at the stake for witchcraft and heresy — to the
horrible modern-day feminicides in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, or
Argentina, as well as the killings in Ethiopia and Rwanda. And that’s
without taking into account many other countless references to “daily
massacres,” such as domestic violence, trafficking of women, honor
killings, or the practice of female genital mutilation in Africa.
consists of two pieces: in the main gallery, “Memorial for Witches
and Bitches” (a 1:1 scale model for a public monument); and, in
the adjoining space, “Reading Room,” a library filled with
publications by a variety of authors, with topics ranging from
witchcraft to the discovery of the highest female pleasure.
exhibition is a denunciation of the standardization of misogyny in
the form of a “witch hunt” and of the extermination of women in
general, a global disease with generalized mechanisms of impunity
that has reached epidemic proportions.
gestures taken from art history become a tribute to artists within
Werthein’s frame of reference. The artist challenges us to discover
those allusions that constitute a cross between the history of
representation and the endless roster of extinguished lives. It’s
the stage where the disintegration of the body is simultaneously
juxtaposed to its sublimation, from the point of view of eroticism
works in this exhibition are an elegy to the absent body, to the
omitted subject, to the abolished identity.
invites us to delve into the millenary pyre where ancient female
bodies and their respective histories have been reduced to ashes,
with a disregard for their desires, their ambitions, and their
lineage. It’s a pagan ritual where the “female entity” is
celebrated and mourned from the point of view of sensuality, taking
into account the erotic game as an alternate route toward violence.
these works body islanguage: it is what the spectator has imagined; it is the myth
behind the vacuum. The body is not a cause, but the effect; it’s
subjectivity and consequence.
Fiftyone Gallery is located at 7275 NE 4th
Ave, Little River, Miami. The hours are Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to
7 p.m. Saturday by appointment. For further information and visuals
of the show, contact the gallery at 305-773-6537 or by email at