Helena Bosch Vidal
Design & research

Still bodies after ten

2020-2021 Understanding in Residence

I propose a persistent portrayal of myself to examine representations of female bodies as artworks in the public space of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. In those experimentations, I use my body as a vehicle to navigate and to generate languages, and as an interface to embody and question the history of female iconography.

Project developed during Understanding in Residence, a design and research residency organized by Understanding Design supported by the cultural district of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and hosted by Sociedad 0 (2020).

Shown as part of the exhibition Our garden needs its flowers (2021) at Tecla Sala, l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain.

Still bodies after then is the second chapter of a long-term project: A body of her own.
It is a research project that analyzes and questions the construction of female images and identities. The final aim is to identify the elements that define how women are and have been depicted in images.

In L’Hospitalet de Llobregat — as in many European cities — fetishized naked female bodies are displayed in the public space as statues. Those art pieces are often created, purchased, and emplaced by men. On the other hand, the majority of male bodies displayed in the same space represent notorious male personalities, who never appear naked but rather dignified.

Jane Rendell argues that our position, where we live and where we work, where we come from, and where we are going, is important in understanding ourselves as human subjects. Imagine, then, how the presence of idealized representations and symbols in our immediate environs shape our identities.

Still bodies after then finalize in two different formats:
On one hand, a printed book that gathers all the research, results, and reflections of the month of residency.

On the other hand, a presentation of the work in the context of the exhibition "Our garden needs its flowers" at Tecla Sala, Hospitalet de Llobregat. During the presentation we visited some of the pieces in real life.