Brightly coloured quilts and figures of cloth and wood are carried by a vocal crowd as a protest against sexism along Unter den Linden to the Gorki. The symbolic references of the props of Lara Schnitger’s protest parade range from a church bell through spiritual totems to the garments of American suffragettes – women who fought for women’s rights through passive resistance at the beginning of the 20th century. Form and colour are not used for their own sakes, rather every detail is an affirmation of the female body and its rights in a society that’s still far from post-patriarchal.
Lara Schnitger born 1969 in Haarlem, is a Dutch artist living in Los Angeles. Her sculptural and installative works are characterized by her use of textiles. Schnitger participated in solo shows at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015) and Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2003), as well as group shows at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017) and Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2015).