RE-discover society through SEX in contemporary ART
Eve Leibe is pleased to present Hoc-Desire, an editorial dedicated to exploring themes in contemporary art such as relationships and sexuality. The selected artist's works navigate the complex relationship between humans in the specific dynamic of sex, sexual struggle and identity.
Louis Fratino, Sara Anstis, Tschabalala Self,
Ambera Wellmann, Soufiane Ababri
Scholars like Michel Foucault to Gayle Rubin have questioned how and why formulations and typologies of gender, sex, sexual desire and sexuality constitute the shifting power dynamic within the society.
In Western societies, sexuality is evaluated along a continuum of heterosexuality and homosexuality, with male heterosexuality as the privileged mode of sexual expression. Obviously, this is a basic schematic; it does not capture all of the existing ways in which people behave sexually, but it is the basic rubric by which sexual behaviours are evaluated. Artists tackled honestly the stratify structure of our social relationships and reveal new narratives to encourage the public to reflect on the topic.
“Life is all pathetic or something to be laughed at, but life is funny and beautiful at the same time”
Louis Fratino's paintings are deeply emotive, evoking tenderness, intimacy and a familiar nostalgia. The erotic scenes are inspired by his own life, memories, or surroundings. The artist pushes the viewer to gaze beyond the immediate homosexual subject, challenging the limits of social understandings of homosexuality and emphasising the relationships, lives, and narratives that underscore the gay experience.
Sara Anstis celebrates female sexuality with humour and tenderness, Anstis’s work offers up a worldview that transcends and refutes the shame that is so often conferred upon women unafraid of their own sexuality. Her subjects are powerfully sexualised and dominant in a feminine fantasy world.
A painful reminder of the fearful emotions experienced by communities worldwide. At the central issue of Soufiane Ababri's works is the position of society’s racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic biases. His vibrant, homoerotic artworks shine a much-needed light on the daily discrimination and violence faced by LGBTQ+ people across the world.
The work of Tschabalala Self inquires the attitudes surrounding the Black female body. She provides an alternative vision, and perhaps fictional explanations for the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and radicalised body. She partly accepted and partly rejected the fantasies that have been created a cultural niche in which exists our contemporary understanding of Black femininity.
“Artists tackled honestly the stratify structure of our social relationships”
Ambera Wellmann makes her work from personal experience. Her porcelain glinted characters explore different dynamics of sex, sexuality and represent the symbols of firm female emancipation. Her works take back ownership of sexual imagery from the predominately male gaze. The viewer is a witness of a new narrative.
Life is all pathetic or something to be laughed at, but life is funny and beautiful at the same time and that should be represented. So is sex. The point is to make sexuality democratic, not about gender and sexual taste.