Culturush is pleased to present the online group show R / V, a digital exhibition exploring humans’ current presence in the digital realm. The works by five female artists will contribute to investigating how nowadays humans inhabit social media, revealing the dynamics behind the continuous influence of the digital on users’ lives and perceptions. Employing a feminine perspective, the show explores how easy it is for the 21st-century woman to be completely absorbed by the online world, often becoming a hyperreal, virtual version of herself.
In the last two decades, social media have emerged as the favourite medium to give voice to opinions, beliefs, or just to share with the world what once were events of private life. Users choose what and how to communicate, revealing to their friends/followers a hypermediated naturalism made exclusively by those specific events worthy of being shared. The continuous exposure to digital personas contributes to the shaping of one’s identity and thoughts, determining influences in tastes and aesthetic canons which are often unattainable because constructed precisely for the web. The 21st-century human is a product of the digital: when online, we embody and play an appealing version of ourselves that is the result of the content we experience on social media. If users choose not to align with the online canons, they are treated with disrespect and hate.
R / V researches this phenomenon through the works of five female artists whose practices explore their personal, feminine relationship and inhabitancy of social media. In the show, the artists explore the black hole of addictive digital presence either as an opportunity to escape the awkwardness of real life, or as the cause for the embodiment of a digital self that reflect the same canons established by social networks. R / V will expose the dynamics that come into play in the digital world as way to reveal and criticize them, in order to alienate the public from the ideals and stereotypes it produces.