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Flip-Flop Diptych, 1971

Joan Semmel, included in the group exhibition In the Cut – Sexuality in Feminist Art, at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Germany.

Sexuality has played a decisive role in the history of art ab initio: it has served as thematic material, and as motivation and trigger for artistic production. Until the 1970s, however, it was the male gaze which informed the politics of these images; the female body was its sensual object. In the first feminist examinations of the erotic which followed, woman artists explored and thus reclaimed the female body. The (hetero)erotic female gaze, on the other hand – directed at the male body – continues to be an exception in art. Both perspectives require an independent artistic stance and an autonomous sexuality, which today is no longer a given, and is being censored on social media like never before.

In the Cut – Sexuality in Feminist Art
Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken
Sankt-Johanner-Markt 24
66111 Saarbrücken, Germany