INTIMATE LONELINESS
SEX WITH THINGS

Solo Exhibition

The GUS Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch
23 November – 7 December 2018/ Stellenbosch, South Africa

Resurrecting Romance

‘INTIMATE LONELINESS – SEX WITH THINGS’ EXHIBITION / GUS Gallery Stellenbosch, South Africa

German artist SaySay.Love returns to South Africa to show his latest body of work which highlights issues of loneliness and intimacy.

Intimate Loneliness I Sex with Things is running from the 22nd of January to the 1st of February at GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch. It aims to focus attention on the fact that humans have become what the artist refers to as, “dehumanised, controllable and easy to manipulate.”

The exhibition is a form of visual activism as SaySay.Love hopes to bring back romance. Having grown up in a world where courtship happened face-to-face, this is SaySay’s attempt to remind us what it means to have real human connections. Dating sites and apps allow users to create personas for themselves, a constructed image based on societal ideals of perfection. We separate from our true selves, and in doing so separate from each other leading to loneliness and a loss of Intimacy.

“We have lost touch with romance and nature. We are separated from this in our digital world” – SaySay.Love takes a critical stance against the lives we have constructed for ourselves via internet portals.

Through this groundbreaking event and in the spirit of activism, the photographer and visual artist, SaySay.Love offers an immersive experience for everyone that is seeking more connection. The events will run alongside his exhibition.

On the 30th of January 2019, the artist will be joined by Dr Eve, renowned clinical sexologist and couples sex therapist, at GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch. Dr Eve will be debuting her live performance in an installation piece inspired by the work of Marina Abramović. Throughout her performance she will be offering ideas on how to combat issues of loneliness. The audience are invited to engage in connective ways with her and each other through this experiential piece.

CALL FOR ENTRY

‘INTIMATE LONELINESS – SEX WITH THINGS’ EXHIBITION / GUS Gallery Stellenbosch, South Africa

The artist, Saysay.Love, is now accepting submissions for the exhibition ” INTIMATE LONELINESS: SEX WITH THINGS” EXPERIENCE“. The call is open to all South African residents, 18 and older. Original works of art exploring contemporary performance/live art and video art are eligible. We are looking for outstanding examples of how you would portray the theme of the exhibition which aims at bringing attention to “Loneliness in the digital age”. Only art within this theme will be considered. The winners piece will be showcased alongside the works of Saysay.Love and accompanied by a “real life experience” facilitated by renowned clinical sexologist Dr Eve on the 30th of January 2019 at GUS Gallery in Stellenbosch.

Closing date for entries will be the 15th of January 2019.
Please contact: The Artist Publicist on theartpublicist@gmail.com

 

More about SaySay.Love

Saysay.Love is a visual activist who spends his time between Cape Town and Berlin. He has made a name for himself with the series entitled the gift of water which brought attention to the water crises facing the Western Cape in 2018 and will see him present a new body of work in 2019 touching on themes such as “faked perfection”, “intimate loneliness” and “sex with things”

 

More about Dr. Eve

Dr. Marlene Wasserman (BA. Social Work (Hons), M.Clinical Social Work (cum laude), DHS (Doctorate in Human Sexuality, Institute of Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality, San Francisco ), AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certified Couple & Sex Therapist, Fellow in Sexual Medicine, is a Clinical Sexologist, Couple & Sex Therapist and Sexual Medicine Consultant, in Private Practice. Marlene specializes in Cyber Infidelity, Infidelity, Intimacy Trauma and Complex Modern Day Relationships.
As the founder of Dr. Eve, the South African household brand representing professionalism, pleasure, respect, and responsibility, Marlene has pioneered sexual health and rights education, information and counseling in South Africa.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch

The Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch (GUS) is an off-campus extension of the Visual Arts Department. Gus-gallery.co.za serves as a central online space, archiving and promoting exhibitions and events at GUS gallery.

Our vision is to serve as a public multi-disciplinary community centre, creating a space for sharing of knowledge, ideas and inspiration. In addition to exhibitions, GUS hosts live music events, poetry sessions, open workshops, lectures and discussions.

 

GUS Gallery
Corner of Bird & Dorp Street,
Stellenbosch, 7600 South Africa