Cell63 art gallery in Berlin, Germany, invites you to come and muse for yourself the interpretations of Ophelia by five contemporary female artists. In early modern performances within Shakespeare’s era, physical representations of a character’s state of mind were often utilized; the audience would be able to easily ‘read’ each character on stage. With her long flowing hair and white dress, Ophelia’s ‘female madness’ would have been a standard portrayal. But it is clear the she embodies more than a classification of madness and female melancholy. She has been seen as an allure, even as a tease, her innocence wrapped up within her vulnerability and much-perceived beauty.
‘As one of Shakespeare’s most popular female characters she has enjoyed many appellations from the bard’ explains Luisa Catucci, owner and curator of Cell63. ‘”Fair Ophelia.” “Sweet Ophelia.” “Beautiful Ophelia…sweet maid…poor wretch.” “Poor Ophelia…”’. Taking Ophelia’s personification through the ages, you are invited to explore this icon representing the role of the female as each artist brings her into modern society, spanning cultures, religion and familial connotations.
Ramona Zordini was born in 1983. She had studied Graphic and Visual Arts, followed by a degree in Photography with two scholarships in 2009 to L.A.B.A. Academy of fine art of Brescia. She currently teaches Photography. Ramona has been published in international magazines and won the Telethon 2009 edition Award. Under the Tau Visual Award, Ramona has been named as “Author Reported” and in 2011, she was selected to participate in the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. Having exhibited in several group exhibitions and personal ones in Italy and abroad, her works also form part of important permanent collections. In her research, she works on the concept of Ambiguity and Transition, using photography as main medium, then spaces in the creation of sets and straddles the borders of the picture. In Ramona’s world, the plasticity of the bodies and the symbolism of the objects are incredibly strong and poetic.