A new group exhibition by Stevenson Gallery Johannesburg explores the often disturbing and sometimes outrageous narratives around the idea of sex.
Simply dubbed 'Sex', the exhibition has been curated by Lerato Bereng and challenges 17 South African artists from a range of disciplines, among them Lady Skollie, Lineo Segoete, Sabelo Mlangei, FAKA, Nandipha Mntambo and Stephen Cohen to tackle the subject, unpacking important moments, both public and private.
On its website the gallery notes significant cultural events related to sex and sexuality that have occurred in the last decade, starting with Jacob Zuma's statement during his rape trial that he showered after sex with an HIV-positive woman. It also notes that SA's first all-black porn film Mapona Vol 1
debuted in 2010, and that the same year saw the national discussion around the temporary legalisation of prostitution during the country's hosting of the FIFA World Cup, as well as the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche, which was initially veiled in homoerotic undertones.
'Proverbs 4:2' (I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.)
Sex opens at Stevenson Johannesburg, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, on Thursday April 21 and runs until Friday June 3. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday, 10am to 1pm. The exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. For more information, visit stevenson.info