Looking Straight is a new series of six self-portraits realized for International Women’s Day 2018 as part of a performance in Barcelona at MACBA. The artworks are inspired by Piero della Francesca’s iconic profile portraits of the Duke Federigo da Montefeltro and Duchess Battista Sforza of Urbino (1465-1472). The original Reinassance portraits are a diptych while the two new series realized for MACBA are two triptychs.
The artworks explore issues of gender in portraiture, and self-portraiture in particular. What does it entail the construction and definition of one’s sexual identity? Where does fluidity begins and ends? Is there a clearly demarcated area in which, against the nature of the very concept of fluidity, there is an actual beginning and an ending of gender lines?