Each year around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March the 8th. While not so much acknowledged in the UK, for many countries it is an official holiday, an occasion to honour and praise women for their accomplishments. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments and charities choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. The UN theme for International Women’s Day this year is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty.
SHOWstudio’s upcoming exhibition 'SELLING SEX', set to open on March 22, 2012 at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place, London, W1J 6LT will showcase work by an all female cast of artists.
The concept for the show began when we set out to create an exhibition that looked at the fetishization of objects in Fine Art and Fashion, but as our research progressed an enduring imbalance was brought to the fore. While times have progressed, the Louvre today still has no female artists in their collection of over 35,000 artworks, the Museum of Modern Art has only 8% of work exhibited by women and shockingly The Tate holds only 15% of work by female artists. This imbalance is not just apparent in fine art. The majority of fashion photographers are men. In film, women hold only 33% of all speaking roles and 7% of all Directors in Hollywood are women.
However, this is not to say that we are lacking in talented female artists, photographers or directors, on the contrary the reality is far from it. And so, we changed tact. Rather than look at how objects become fetishized, we decided to look more fundamentally at how sex, or rather gender operates in Fine Art, Fashion, and Film and curate an exhibition of works about sex, all created by women. SELLING SEX looks exclusively at what a woman's version of a woman looks like. From Sarah Lucas’s signature bunny pieces, Malerie Marder‘s striking photographs of call girls to Kim McCarty’s mesmerizing painted figures; the exhibition will show a range of extraordinary work. It will also feature work by; Cortney Andrews, Una Burke, Liz Cohen, Charlotte Kingsnorth, Atsuko Kudo, Marianne Maric, Lisa Z. Morgan, Ione Rucquoi, Suzannah Sinclair, Christiana Soulou, Vahge, Shiri Zinn and others. And as always, the exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live streams, projects and performances.
The exhibition opens 22nd March 2012. To preview 'SELLING SEX' as we prepare for its opening, visit http://showstudio.com/shop/exhibition/selling_sex.