Category Archives: Art and Sexuality

Erotic/Pornographic – Roland Barthes in ‘Camera Lucida’

“Another unary photograph is the pornographic photograph (I am not saying the erotic photograph: the erotic is a pornographic that has been disturbed, fissured). Nothing more homogeneous than a pornographic photograph. It is always a naive photograph, without intention and … Continue reading

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MOSEX

The Museum of Sex, New York On October 5th 2002 the Museum of Sex first opened its Fifth Avenue doors to an eager and curious public. The inaugural exhibition NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America presented work intended … Continue reading

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Tis Pity She’s A Whore – John Ford (1629)

Tis Pity She’s A Whore was and is a pretty shocking and controversial Jacobean tragedy written by John Ford about the incestuous passion and ultimate demise of the young noble Giovanni and his sister Annabella. The tragedy is wrought with supressed desire … Continue reading

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Role Exchange (1975) – Marina Abramovich

Yugoslavian born “Body Art” performance artist Marina Abramovic (known as the “grandmother of performance art”) performed’Role Exchange’ in 1975 where she exchanged places with a prostitute in Amsterdam’s red light district for a night. Marina had befriended and developed a … Continue reading

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Fall from Grace

On the re-definition of the ancient trio of the ‘Three Graces’ by Canova, Griselda Pollack theorises this neo-classical sculpture of three women is stripped of its historical, mythological roots by ‘phallocentric’ culture. The figures no longer symbolising three ages, three … Continue reading

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Prostitution: What’s Going On, curated by Professor Liz Kelly CBE

An Exhibition at The Women’s Library (Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT) in 2007 ‘Challenging and provocative, Prostitution: What’s Going On? was an exhibition exploring the issues surrounding prostitution and trafficking, past and the present. The show was curated by … Continue reading

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Ann-Sofi Siden, Prostitution After The Velvet Revolution at the Hayward Gallery 2002

ArtForum magazine: ‘A mere decade ago, according to UK artworld legend, a well-known London gallerist explained that he avoided representing women artists because their work always seemed to be “about problems.” My, how things change. Ann-Sofi Siden’s Warte Mal!: Prostitution … Continue reading

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