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'Pacify your lust before the all-seeing eye feels your heartbeat rising' by Laura Gozlan at A Promise of Kneropy, Bratislava

You can feel the pressing heat spilling inside of your body 
It’s feeding your nerve endings 
It rhythmizes them, tickles them 
Hurry up, quick, before they see you
Hold up a little, release and ...

Franco “Bifo” Berardi says, that capitalism is “based on an endless postponement of pleasure, and simultaneously on the permanent excitement of desire”1. In this context, we can view the boiling ways of self-gratification and absorbing moments of climaxing as subtle, mass-practiced instants of resistance, which, however, do not deny the logic described by Bifo. On the contrary, they adopted it, ride with it and use it in their own revolutionary benefit. Extension and postponement of the moment of climax makes it more intense and all the more excites us and our desires to reach it again, but despite the mentioned logic of capitalism is pleasure - more or less articulated, more or less directly and more or less involving our bodies – close at hand almost anytime. 

Laura Gozlan’s installation composes a space of performative experience of climax. She positions the moments of theatrically articulated lust and satisfaction into a contrasting and intimate environment disrupted by dark moments which disarray the social standards, and which refer to prosthetic aesthetics or senescence. In her videos moist by various bodily liquids (Dead Fingers Talk, I, II and III, 2021) we see an older woman situated in a composed setting of a theatre scene, loudly and shamelessly pleasing herself while confronting us with her penetrative, patriarchy unnerving looks. 
Together with objects derived from the shape of clitoris and torso castings, referring to self-restricting and - metaphorically speaking – the effort to pour bodies into stiff, impermeable forms, the artist points out to conceptions that were introduced to us as “innapropriate”, as “tabu”. She confronts our internalized discomfort from unfiltered gratification, sexuality of the elderly or prosthetic bodies... Orgasm thus becomes a mobilizing element, an accelerator. The beginning, the process, the end.

— Ema Hesterová 

16.7.21 — 11.8.21 / 1.9.21 — 15.9.21

Curated by Ema Hesterová & Denis Kozerawski - APART COLLECTIVE

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