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May 18
Jun 23

Porno-Pop

Arts The Concept Space

  • 18th May 2018 - 23rd Jun 2018
  • 12:00
  • The Concept Space
  • free

Event Details

‘PORNO-POP’ is an exhibition of works by international artists Ziga Kariz, Helen Gorrill, Henry Hussey and Romily Alice Walden exploring the commodification of sex and desire in contemporary society, a process that has been heightened by the increased availability and proliferation of the internet and social media. Focusing on the female form, the exhibition raises a host of questions about the death of subtlety, the contradictions inherent in the ‘liberations’ and ‘freedoms’ associated with the production of pornographic imagery that cultivates and reinforces the male gaze – an unreal ? hyper-real construction of a narrowed and stereotypical vision of the female form, sexuality, desire and personality. With commodification of sex continuing to conform to mainly traditional views of heterosexual sex, which are also patriarchal where men are the subjects and women are the objects, the result is an eradication of female subjectivity. The show will confront and engage the viewer with provocative works by questioning the deeper consequences of the representation of women as composite parts through gestures, pose and other visual expressions. The exhibition will include contemporary interpretations and references to works by great masters such as Velazquez, Goya and Matisse. The different perspectives investigated in the exhibition include the objectification of the self in the world of global capital explored in terms of feminism, feminism versus sexism, empowerment versus victimisation, and Freudian and Marxist theory. The intention is to simulate discussion about pornographic imagery in today’s mainstream popular culture especially music, fashion and advertising directed ultimately towards the male gaze and its consequences to the male psyche, behaviour and experience of the female form.

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Spa Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3QP

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