Birthmark

Isa Rus

OPENING: 18 July 2024, at Rifugio Digitale
July 18 – September 08, 2024 | Wed. – Sun. 11.00-19.00

In copertina: ©Isa Rus, Andrea and Lía in the flower field, Birthmark, 2024.

From July 18 to September 8, 2024 Rifugio Digitale presents the exhibition Birthmark by photographer Isa Rus, which is the sixth stage of the exhibition cycle dedicated to contemporary photography Homecoming, conceived by Irene Alison and curated by Irene Alison and Paolo Cagnacci. The event is organized in collaboration with Forma Edizioni and the Associazione Infoto and thanks to the support of Gruppo AF and Banca Ifigest. The opening will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 6.30 p.m. in the presence of the artist and curators.

From the day of the opening, it will also be possible to consult the catalog of available works by Morganna Magee on the Forma Edizioni website.

Isa Rus, Ronja with Dandelions in her hair, Birthmark, 2023.

Meet the artist

BIO

Isa Rus is a Spanish artist and photographer currently based in Germany, whose evocative work delves into the intricacies of motherhood, identity, and belonging. Her photographic journey began during the COVID-19 pandemic, a period marked by profound personal transformation and displacement. As a new mother and migrant, Isa turned to photography as a therapeutic outlet, capturing the intimate, fleeting moments of everyday life.

Her series Birthmark explores the deep emotional landscapes of early motherhood, intertwining themes of nostalgia, magic, and the search for home. Isa’s work is characterized by its raw honesty and tender portrayal of the maternal experience, offering a unique perspective that challenges traditional representations.

Through her lens, Isa Rus creates a visual narrative that is both deeply personal and universally relatable, inviting viewers to connect with the beauty and complexity of the human condition.

In copertina: Morganna Magee.

Curatorial text by Irene Alison

There is a primordial, carnal dimension in the idea of “home” that Isa Rus reveals. A home that is a warm body, a mother’s breast, a home that is, in fact, a mother. Birthmark, the title of her personal exhibition, the sixth in our Homecoming cycle, evokes the idea of the birthmark in more than the literal sense of the word – the mark that some believe is caused on the infant’s body by the failure to satisfy a pregnant woman’s craving – but alluding to the mark on the mother’s soul, the profound transformation that derives from motherhood. “This project”, says the Spanish photographer, “reflects a blend of personal and universal experience, capturing the crude and intimate moments of maternity and the profound connections that we form with our surroundings and with our loved ones”.

The mother’s body, the field of an eternal silent battle, transformed by pregnancy, inhabited by the newborn, pervaded by expectations and judgments, is expressed in Rus’s photographs in a dimension of total freedom and connection with nature. It is immersed in nature, and merges with the landscape. Viewed in an intergenerational perspective, imbued with the idea of the Homeland (Rus migrated from Spain to Germany, and her work also reveals the nostalgia typical of the migrant’s condition), interwoven with the elements of nature, the idea of maternity captured by the photographer breaks away from any stereotype and expresses itself beyond any visual cliché or cultural superstructure.

Her work puts us directly in the trajectory of the mother gaze, a visual study that attempts to represent motherhood in its most authentic essence, in contrast with the flat iconic dimension, revealing the chiaroscuro aspects and contradictions. Isa Rus looks at mothers to see what she herself has become in the metamorphosis of having a child, and this reflection has the poetic and political sound of a paean to the proud ownership of her identity, her body, her condition and her personal story. From the day of the opening it will also be possible to consult the catalog of available works by Isa Rus on the Forma Edizioni website www.formaedizioni.it.

Program

  • July 18, 12 noon: press conference with Isa Rus and curators Irene Alison and Paolo Cagnacci
    free entrance

  • July 18, 6:30 p.m.: exhibition opening with Isa Rus and curators Irene Alison and Paolo Cagnacci
    free entrance

  • July 18 – September 8, 2024, Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.: tours of the exhibition
    free entrance; reservation required for guided tours

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