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"Arte incómodo". "Phalaena", Carlos Verger (1920). "Uninvited Guests"

Work commented by Aída E. Bueno Sarduy, Anthropologist, NYU, Middlebury College and Boston University.

Carlos Verger Fioretti (1872-1929) "Phalaena", 1920.

The term phalaena, a moth with a thin body and broad delicate wings that comes out at night and is fatally attracted to fire, is here associated with the women who offered to escort men at elegant coteries. Verger concentrates on the gaze of one of them, which reveals the supposed mental instability attributed by hygienist theories to women with disorderly lives, a consequence of their lack of fulfilment as wives and mothers. 

English and Spanish subtitles available.

This video is part of "Arte incómodo", an “Uninvited Guests" video series. Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, Ideology and the Visual Arts in Spain (1833-1931) Exhibition (10/6/2020 - 3/14/2021).