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SHOW ME HIS (article first published : 2007-07-30)

Pietermaritzburg artist Sita Moyo presents exhibition at artSPACE durban.

Show Me His is an exhibition of works in various media celebrating the sensual male body as visual spectacle,” explains Sita Moyo. “I have attempted to create works that both encourage the pleasurable gaze on the part of the viewer as well as engage with the individual models’ responses to being viewed in this manner.

“I feel that while the erotic gaze is often scopophilic/objectifying in nature, it is also undeniable that there is pleasure to be gained both from looking and being looked at in the context of desire and admiration. It is a pleasurable pursuit on behalf of the model/subject because it promises adulation, or simply an acknowledgement of one¹s vulnerable humanity that is exposed through the nakedness of the body.

“Due to both a personal awareness of the conventions of looking and a fear as a female of being too vocal in my desires as well as of merely reversing and repeating the act of objectifying through the gaze, it is tempting to deny my pleasure in looking in apprehension of the censorious reactions it might inspire.”

“Laura Mulvey wrote, "According to the principals of the ruling ideology and the psychical structures that hold it up, the male figure cannot bear the burden of sexual objectification." (Mulvey 1989)

“I hope in my work to suggest a more fluid approach to gender and looking and destabilize the power balance inherent in the erotic gaze. While I feel that sexual liberation is not synonymous with the empowerment of women, looking at other¹s bodies with impunity has always been a pleasure reserved for those who held power in other areas. Men have looked at women, colonists have looked at the colonized, the higher classes have looked at the lower classes and with this looking have come measurement, evaluation and Oscientific proof of inferiority in various areas.

“Within the broader context of the abovementioned issues I have attempted to create a space with my work which allows me to present my individual gaze of desire. Thus inviting the audience to both identify with this gaze and engage with the experience of the subjects of the works.”

The exhibition will be opened by Matthew Partridge at 18h30 on July 30. It then runs until August 18. artSPACE durban is next to the Waste Centre down Millar Road off Umgeni Road. More information on 031 312 0793.




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