Patricia Belli

Broken Column

1996

Artist
Patricia Belli born 1964
Original title
Columna Rota
Medium
Textiles, metal and wood
Dimensions
Object: 790 × 500 × 90 mm
Collection
Lent by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2018
On long term loan
Reference
L04196

Display caption

Broken Column is made from various used corsets, They have been stitched together to emphasise the painful effect that corsets have upon women’s bodies. The title refers to a painting by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo entitled The Broken Column 194 4. Kahlo depicted herself wearing a steel corset with a broken marble column in place of her own damaged spine. Belli’s layered corsets suggests the collective pressures and enduring inequalities that women face in a patriarchal society.

Gallery label, December 2020

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