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For International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Yolanda Domínguez shares exhibit and seminar

cartell 2020 LBD“Little Black Dress” reflects on how diversity among female bodies is rendered invisible

At 6.00pm on Monday 23 November, Yolanda Domínguez pulls the curtain back on the exhibit “Little Black Dress”. The title is lifted from fashion jargon, and refers to the short, black and versatile number that every woman is expected to keep in the back of her closet.

“LBD” explores how the canons that underpin the world of fashion exert influence and pressure on people’s construction of the female body. In the beginning fashion was tailor-made for every customer: tailors crafted designer dresses by adapting them to the bodies of individual women. The industrial revolution meant the rise of mass-produced ready-to-wear apparel, and predetermined sizes brought a significant change: it was henceforth the woman’s body that adapted to the dress, not the other way round. Collections, catalogues and runway shows have been consigned to a single size —the European 38— ever since. The young, slender, white woman as model would go on to become a stereotype in cinema, TV and media, rendering the female body’s diversity of sizes, shapes, colours and ages invisible.

The women who don Domínguez’s size-38, “fast fashion” little black dress come in all sizes, colours and ages. Domínguez’s photos are about conjuring a world of corporal diversity — then holding that world against constraining stereotypes, and contrasting the two. The dress is tight on some models, loose on others, but each and every woman who wears it embodies power and body-pride.

“LBS” is a reflection on gender and social consciousness, a critical look at representations of women in fashion, an invitation to embrace diversity.

The exhibit is open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, 23 November to 5 December in the Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”. Gallery closed Sundays and Monday mornings. Opening night on Monday 23 November.

“Change images, change the world”, a look at how images can operate in the transformation of the popular imagination

If you make images, share them or even just look at them, it’s important to know what you’re looking at. For some people, images are information, for others, a form of expression, and for others still, a chance to influence or manipulate. There are those that know how to use images to distinct ends and do so consciously, while others simply reproduce patterns, copying and pasting in blithe ignorance of the consequences their actions have on society.

Casting a long gaze at images throughout history (from painting to mass media), Yolanda Domínguez shows us how we relate to images, unpacks their social significance and explains how to use them consciously and for good. She uses examples from her own work to demonstrate the importance of transforming the popular imagination to eradicate social inequality.

The seminar is scheduled for 7.00pm Monday 24 November in the Centre d’Esports Nàutics. Space is limited and reservations are required (espaidonesformentera@gmail.com / 697.941.016 [WhatsApp]).

Yolanda Domínguez is a Spanish visual artist, photographer and activist. Her work involves feminist consciousness and social critique as they relate to gender, and consumption as a societal tool.

Domínguez studied Business Management and Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, completing her studies with a master’s in Art and New Technologies at the European University of Madrid and a master’s in Contemporary Photography at EFTI Madrid’s School of Photography. She gave classes as part of Madrid School of Marketing’s experiential master’s in Marketing Management for the Creative Industries, and worked as a professor and advisor for the EFTI’s Concept and Creation master’s programme. As a weekly contributor for Huffington Post Spain, Domínguez writes about media representations of women.

Irony and decontextualisation stand as two of Domínguez’s central strategies, and she champions the liberating force of laughter. The themes of gender and consumption frequently anchor her work. Domínguez believes that with the power to create images comes responsibility, and practices the art of action, a discipline based in impact and discomposure.

19 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

‘Cine a los cuatro vientos’ returns to Formentera with programme of short films

cartell 2020 cine als 4 vents“Cine a los cuatro vientos” is a cultural project of the City of Soria International Short Film Festival that supports cinema by bringing SIFSF shorts to audiences across Spain.

Now in its eighth year, the one-time partner of the Posidonia Festival has joined forces with Casa del Poble de la Mola and Formentera Film Festival to present a selection of short films and a parallel programme that includes screenings at schools.

From next week, island audiences can enjoy 16 shorts from Spain and farther afield that have wooed crowds at the Soria Film Festival, Goya Awards, Oscars and numerous festivals around the globe. Shorts in this year’s programme are categorised as Fiction, Animation or Documentary and hail from France, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Morocco, USA, Canada and Colombia.

Screenings are scheduled 25, 26 and 27 November at the Casa del Poble de la Mola. Each session lasts ninety minutes and reservations are required (info.espaifrumentaria@gmail.com).

The Formentera edition of Cine a los cuatro vientos is made possible by support from Formentera Film Festival, Espai F, Consell Insular de Formentera, Mediterrània Pitiüsa, Proauto and Moto Rent Pujols.

17 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Applications now accepted for stands at Christmas market

foto 2020 casetesThe Formentera Commerce Department reports that applications will be accepted from today from individuals who wish to participate as vendors in the 2020-21 Mercat Nadalenc (Christmas Market). The deadline for submissions —which can be sent to the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or the office’s online platform, OVAC— is 23 November.

This year’s Mercat Nadalenc will include no more than six shacks devoted to retail: five will go to trades- or craftspeople who live and work on Formentera in winter, and the sixth will be shared by local NGOs. The market runs from 3 December to 5 January 2021, inclusive, and takes place at Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució.

Vendors will be picked in a drawing among individuals who submitted their application on time and met the required conditions will be held in the presence of the municipal clerk.

The provisional bylaws underpinning the Christmas market and associated vendor application was posted to the regional employment office website today, 17 November.

17 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hopes coastal moorage regulation scheme gets fresh impulse

foot 2020 fondejosConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz attended a presentation of findings from the first of several capacity studies piloted by Ports IB and the Balearic Islands’ Coastal Observation and Predictions System (SOCIB). The presentation was led by regional mobility minister Marc Pons and Ports IB director Cristina Barahona and saw the video participation of SOCIB director Joaquín Tintoré and SOCIB researcher Aina García.

SOCIB and Ports IB are required to carry out such a study as part of the public agencies’ drafting of their overarching strategy, which Mr Pons described as a “balanced, sustainability-based” plan forswearing expansions and growth of Balearic harbours.

“Formentera has done much to protect our coastlines”, asserted President Ferrer, highlighting consensus around the decision to eschew expansion of La Savina port, as well as the importance of finding a place for regular islanders, tourism and the environment. “We want residents to enjoy the harbour too”, she said, stressing the primacy of “quality” and of “avoiding the kind of massive projects our visitors have historically deplored”, not to mention the environment: “The strategy must also offer safeguards for posidonia in particular and our entire coastline in general.”

Mooring on Formentera
Efforts to establish a system of controlled moorage along local shores dates back to 2008. Ferrer described hopes that the management plan for Ses Salines nature reserve would provide “an impulse to approval of the regulated moorage plan”. The plan, which envisioned space for 883 watercraft, was first presented to the Govern balear in 2017.

Ferrer described the capacity study presented by the Govern today as “similar to our initial proposal, but with capacity for 925 boats”. She pointed out that the Balearic study was based exclusively on physical space, while Formentera’s initial study sought to measure the island’s “physical, environmental and scenic capacity”.

“We’re aware of just how unique our current situation is”, said Ferrer, insisting, “We want to make it clear to the Balearic government, as we have in the past, that what Formentera won’t support is economic recovery in the name of destruction and large-scale projects”. “Economic recovery must include protection of our natural resources, because they are our main economic asset”, she concluded.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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