Barcelona, 1928-2019

Amèlia Riera was an unclassifiable artist who was a pioneer in her work from a gender perspective. Her surrealism was far removed from that of her contemporaries, and her work on fetishes and theatricalization anticipated the present time.
Her work ranges from paintings and installations to drawings, graphic work, and her legendary “cruel objects”, in which her constant criticism becomes more evident. A battle that not only fights against the Francoist regime, but takes aim at everything else too: the subversion of archetypes used to represent women and their sexuality, a reflection on the lack of communication between heterosexual couples, the visibility of power relations, and bodily disciplining—the governed, subjugated and even expropriated body—and subjectivity. All tinged with existentialism that was at the heart of her work.