Preserve Me, 2017, site specific installation, concrete, 363x40x40 cm. Photo: Kateryna Snizhko
I’m standing straight with my arms stretched upwards, supporting the concrete ceiling. This column carries a burden and endurance of what is expected of me to be, perform, and stand for as a woman in Western society.
Be thin, but not too thin.
Be successful and driven, but caring.
Be strong, but feminine.
By maintaining these expectations for as long as I have known, I started to feel that I am turning into a structural material. I became the pure representation and perpetuation of the stereotype. I am becoming concrete myself.
Romy Yedidia, Preserve Me, 2017, site specific installation, concrete, 363x40x40 cm.
Installation views from the exhibition The Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam NL, 2017.
Photography credits — Photo 1,2: Kateryna Snizhko, photo 5: Robert Glas