Curated by Jasa McKenzie
Artists: Faith Holland, Lindsay Dye, Megan Elaine Wirick, Molly Soda, Tabita Rezaire, MATH Magazine
Location: Pfizer Building, 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: April 19, 2018, 6-9 pm
Exhibition dates: April 19-May 4, 2018
To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please contact Jasa McKenzie at email@example.com
Femmexplicit Digitalia explores and celebrates how explicit female sexuality and corporeality are a symbol of power today. The exhibition addresses pornography, pleasure, sex work, privilege, sex-positivity, and cyberfeminism in relation to how new technologies of interconnectivity reopen perceptions of identity and authority in relation to the female body and women’s sexual agency.
An origin of self-authorship and intentionality in the works of this exhibition, such as Lindsay Dye’s performance, Micro Bikini (Purple) Sold to Jimi (2018), which positively highlights online sexwork, prompt discussion on the boundaries between objectification and empowerment. This approach and personalization along with the intentional mass audience makes the internet a unique form of mass media which can be used to flip the narrative of women. The exhibition displays how the internet and the phenomenon of self-authored images, such as selfies and homemade porn, brought these bodies and sexualities back into the mainstream in an unprecedentedly pervasive and expansive way, creating another possibility for feminists to take advantage of these modes as a tool. For example, Molly Soda’s “nudes” in her piece Should I Send This? (2015) subverts the intentions of images made for the pleasure on another by publicizing them to the web in a move in empower herself.
The artists in Femmexplicit Digitalia cultivate a culture of viewing sexuality as a conduit to power, and technology as a means of dissolving gender and sexuality-based divisions. The works in the exhibition present a stream of methods demonstrating how empowerment may be sought in the domain of digital society. The exhibition presents merely one window into how feminism in art morphs in relation to its context. This phenomenon continues to be in dialogue with other feminist practices and approaches striving toward advances in autonomy and respect for women’s bodily and sexual agency.
Image: Lindsay Dye, live performance. Image courtesy of the artist and Arturo Olmos; on view at Femmexplicit Digitalia, curated by Jasa McKenzie.