The Concept Space has finally announced the artist whose works will be featured in the long-awaited ‘PORNO-POP’ exhibition at its Space in Bermondsey. The line-up includes Venice Biennale artist Ziga Kariz, Henry Hussey, Helen Gorrill 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.
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 exhibition is expected to run from 18 May to 23 June 2018.