Blasenth, a Spanish painter based in Luuxembourg, has announced her latest exhibition "Haenyeo"; this is more than a classical painting exhibition; it is an extensive project that visually articulates the life and daily rhythms of a group of women, the Haenyeo, who live on the volcanic island Jeju, just off the coast of South Korea.
The Haenyeo sea-women continue to follow a traditional way of life, dictated by the sea. They make a living by diving, without breathing apparatus, to depths of 10-20 metres to collect octopus, abalone and seaweed; today, the average age in the group is 65. Through her paintings, Blanesth tells the women’s story with the eye and heart of an ethnologist, allowing insight into this, perhaps dying, tradition. Her paintings interpret fantastic underwater scenarios and real moments of Haenyeos’ life.
Blanesth (Blanca Esther Beck) started her career as a painter in Spain, where she held her first exhibition in 1989. A large number of exhibitions followed in different Spanish cities, as well as in countries such as Portugal, Germany and Luxembourg. Blanesth now lives and works in Luxembourg and Germany.
The exhibition will be held at the Sofronis Arts Gallery from Friday 20 October to Thursday 9 November. Opening hours will be daily from 14:00 to 18:00. The Sofronis Arts Gallery is located at 12 Rue Munster, L-2160 Luxembourg-Grund.