Monument For The Weight Bearers / 2022-23
Monument for the Weight Bearers (2022) unveils Francesca Lalanne’s latest limited print collection.
Building upon her 2021 "Load" series, the artist contemplates the role of caretakers, with a particular focus on women. Monument for the Weight Bearers serves as a series of blueprints and proposals, shedding light on the unequal value assigned to women, especially under the influence of patriarchal structures.
The "Load" series comprises three prints featuring faceless figures intricately intertwined with architectural elements, drawing inspiration from 18th-century crosshatchings in illustrations. For Francesca, these illustrations symbolize an ongoing exploration of body positions as windows into mental states, social attitudes, and the language embedded in gestures and poses.
Monument For The Weight Bearers transforms this concept into prints that directly challenge the enduring legacies of male dominance. The resulting images, featuring heroic female bodies floating against a background of downtown Los Angeles, sheltering gold leaf guilded figures, offer a striking presentation—an homage to and recognition of the enduring strength of women.