Ernst Collection Artists:
Rosina Byrne, Hymen (2015), Australia
Borut Peterlin, Great Depression (2013), Slovenia
Aarno Rankka & Petri Saarikko, Stars & Lightning (2014), Finland
Sepide Rahaa, Untitled (2014), Iran
Elias Hielkema, Summer Work (2013), Finland
Kari Honka, Nail (2012), Finland
Anna Jensen & Anni Venäläinen, Stubborn Species (2013), Finland
Volvo Markkanen, Peace Pipe (2014), Finland
Sari Kivinen, Kuningatarmaa Finns & Tonksit (2014), Australia
Kallio Chapel, Liberation Theology (2015), Finland
Maija Saksman, The Party, (2012), Finland
Outi Heiskanen, Petelle (2015), Finland
Harri Kivi, Ball (2014), Finland
Jean-Ulrick Désert, Constellations De La Déesse (2010), Haiti
Muhaned Durubi, Silent clown (2015), Irak
Corey Payne, Paakantji (2015), Australia
Pippilotti Rist, Micro Fabric Cloth (2015), Switzerland
Basil Solomon Elias, Basil (2015), Finland
Gianluigi Biagini & Vito Giorgio, Open dissensus (2014), Finland
Elokolo Archives 1991-2012, Elokolo (2012), Finland
Cyrus Tang, Crystal Day (2013), Australia
2014, single looping video projection 00:21:00sec
Born but not released.
Titles: Luisa, Mina, Rosina Maureen, Jacinta, Laura, Moana, Luci, Kerryn
All Digital Prints, 60cm x60cm
Within many communities, humans who possess a vagina have a disadvantage. The culture of these societies gives power and presidency to the male, the possessor of the penis. There are indications that some females within these cultures would choose to have been born male if given a choice.
Rosina Byrne, If you break your curfew I’ll break your Hymen, 2015, Installation / Performance, paxs collective. Photo: Fleur Ruddick
Rosina Byrne endeavours to bring forward the struggle of a specific group of women who experience the darkness, veils and silent identities in a particularly constricting form. Migrant women, their daughters and granddaughters continue to live oppressed lives even though they are Australian residents. The ideal of Equal rights even today commonly promoted as a standard of Australian life do not exist as a reality to many of these females. They live under the rules of a patriarch, who governs by an ancient patriarchal system dating back many generations. The only plausible reason women within these community are living repressive life is solely due to being born with XX chromosomes, giving them a vagina rather than a penis and, therefore, the title ‘female’.
The oppression of the female has pushed Rosina forward with a strong desire to produce a body of work conveying the reigning control placed on the ‘female’.
Rosina Byrne is a Mildura based artist born to Italian migrant parents. Raised on a Grape Fruit Block on the outskirts of Euston, N.S.W. Byrne works predominantly with photography, video and installation. Rosina completed her Bachelor of Visual Art at La Trobe, Mildura, 2013, where she received The Collin Barrie Acquisitive Award, the La Trobe Executive Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in 2012 and also in 2012 she was awarded the Golden Key from Golden Key International Honour Society for excellence. Rosina graduated with First Class Honours in Visual Art, 2014 and was awarded the Julie Miller Markoff award, 2014. She has exhibited widely, in solo and group exhibitions, such as Palimpsest #9, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, CCP and BSG Gallery in Melbourne. Rosina’s practice is constantly evolving.
Rosina Byrne, Invisible Visible, 2015, Woven pork intestines and sheep bungs, lights, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council. Photo: Danielle Hanifin
Women (constricted forms) are quite often virtually bridled and blinkered throughout their lives. These constrictions mould them until they conform and eventually believe where their place is in this world. I am a woman fighting for the rights of migrant women who are isolated and alone, so they may eventually see the world clearly without restrictions.
The use of intestines in this work is a representation of culture. Intestines support the function of our bodies. In this they play a major role – just as culture plays a major role in supporting a community.
Rosina Byrne’s artwork is about informing, engaging and inspiring change or action.
I am female.
I am resilient
I move beyond personal boundaries
I am adaptive.
I am female.