We are pleased to announce that the Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired Elif Uras’s Pregnant Spiral, 2019 for their permanent collection.
“The torso-like vessels [...] came out of a desire to unify the form with the painting. The abstract patterns I used to paint with almost became like lace or beadwork, covering certain parts of the body or its entirety. I see these works as questioning or upending the orientalist image of the eastern female as well as a rejoinder to our own patriarchal attitudes towards the female body. In Turkey, it is common for political leaders to tell women how many children they can have or how pregnant women should behave in the public sphere. Femicide is a significant societal problem. The pregnant vessel was a reaction to the politicization of the female body and its reproductivity.” - Elif Uras in conversation with İpek Ulusoy Akgül.
Pregnant Spiral will be on view as a part of the upcoming exhibition, Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East, at the V&A alongside Uras’s Ottoman Belly. The show is curated by Mariam Rosser-Owen.