Project Description

Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power. [1]

The relationship between sex-power-art is one that has always shown the complexity of our socio-political lives. It is pervasive and hierarchical, and, in many ways, a form of enslavement. It is visible in political campaigns but also in gestures of rebellion, anger, and violence. It comes naturally to me to engage with this topic as an artist since I have always been interested in the structures of the social and have attempted to re-imagine them, if not to subvert them.

Gloves is a series of six short performances realized in 2018. They are conceived as intimate moments between the artist and the viewers. The performances required a very small and captive audience. The artist paid some of the members of the audience to attend, while some others were paid by the other attendees, realizing a circular economy in which everyone was giving something to someone else.

The performances were inspired by the artist’s analysis of the relation between sex-power-art. Money, which also is a part of the equation, was subsumed under the general concept of power, although perhaps it may deserve its own spot in the limelight.

The performances, which at times make for fastidious if not uncomfortable viewing—depending on one’s personal experiences and ways of processing trauma—are a moment of reflection on contemporary violence which is masked, particularly in the western world, under a thin hypocritical veil of civilization or worse of love. The aesthetic thinking behind this body of work is rooted in the inability of people being nothing other than an accumulation of experiences that enflame reactions and overreactions. It reveals the impossibility of conceiving an alternative pattern to the current modus vivendi.  

The analysis of contemporary society is embedded in the research history of the video but the works of art (the performances, the videos, and the prints) are also enmeshed in the personal relations, history, and representations of the artist. The artworks challenge stereotypes of what things are supposed to be like and how they happen. They question larger issues: the sum of our personal actions and reactions that amount to a continued violent discourse which, beside being cyclical, also appears to be inevitable.

The performances and the videos, linked in a loop, stratify some of the concerns that the artist has about processes and structures. The cyclicality of events in the video questions sameness and difference, both of which—in real life and in the video—add up to generate an event that intrigues and challenges. 

[1] The quote is generally attributed to Oscar Wilde. Nevertheless there is uncertainty about the source.