Exposed

Opening reception: Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Artists: Oravecz Évi, PR group & Dan Perjovschi, Szeleczki Rozália, Serban Savu

Curator: Muskovics Gyula

The exhibition is based on a show and sequence of events called Exposed. Taking Stances on Prostitution curated by the Hungarian activist group 1nem Foundation Art for Gender Equality at Demo Geléria and Fogasház Cultural Center in Budapest in April, 2011. The foundation’s aim is to help the victims of violence based on gender differences, and to strengthen social responsibility of young artists in Hungary. The show at Atelier 35 contains some of the art pieces exhibited in Budapest and works of Romanian artists too.

By presenting prostitution in the context of contemporary art we aim at shaping public opinion and confronting with a problem that most people are not concerned with. Our starting point is the social context that legitimizes the process of prostitution and the selling of bodies and the indifference which supports the practice of sexual exploitation. Since the change of political system in the region the notion that prostitution is nothing but a ‘consensual sexual encounter between two adults’ is more and more prevalent. It is widely held that it is ‘a service’, the ‘oldest profession’, that must not and should not be banned since it has always existed and always will. This approach, which sees prostitutes as ‘sex workers’ not only found it’s way to legalization for example in Hungary by defining ‘tolerance zones’, but many people share the view that ‘courtesans’ or ‘games’ are women with exciting lives and decadent morals. We, on the contrary – , in accordance with the resolutions of international organizations such as the UN, the WHO and the European Council – believe that prostitution is the most prevalent form of rape. International researches show us that the death rate of prostitutes is forty time higher than the population’s, it usually starts at age 14, 80-95 % were abused in their childhood, and 95 % would leave the sex industry immediately if they could. Our initiative is in itself a stance taking against the alienation of the body and defining it as commodity, which is not only morally unacceptable but severely violates the human rights of prostitutes.

Within the framework of Crooked Days II we intend to create a discursive space at the gallery and show the problematic aspects and the possible interpretations of the topic. This exhibition is about prostitution though, this time in Bucharest we also pay attention to the role of exhibitions in today’s societies where, as Emese Kürti sais, ‘the revolutions are organized by the mass, not by the art’.