Abstract Sex: We don’t have any clothes, only equipment is the off-site exhibition project of Artissima, conceived by Ilaria Bonacossa and curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti and Guido Costa. Borrowing the title of the homonymous essay by Luciana Parisi, the exhibition brings together emancipatory representations of desire within what has been defined by Paul B. Preciado as the “pharmacopornographic regime”, focusing on the abstraction of the definition of sex from cultural clichés and biological preconceptions. Desire is the new publication by Angela Vettese, that takes inspiration from Marylin Orange by Andy Warhol. In the book, the artwork is identified as the emblematic representation of desire, a craved yet unattainable object, suspended between byzantine icon and capitalist realism. Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Guido Costa and Angela Vettese will converse about icons to be questioned and new mythologies to be built in order to articulate the contemporary politics of desire.
Speakers: Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti (indipendent curator), Guido Costa (gallerist and critic), Angela Vettese (University IUAV Venezia)
Photo: Jacopo Miliani, Deserto, 2018. Video 6’09’’. Courtesy the artist and Rosa Santos, Valencia