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Sex Reenchanted

Daphne Ahlers Dalila Dalléas Bouzar CANAN Anna Ehrenstein Monia Ben Hamouda Şafak Şule Kemancı Kubra Khademi Tabita Rézaire Zoe Williams

21.06. - 22.09.2024

Group exhibition

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Sex Reenchanted is a thematic group exhibition opening at the Heidelberger Kunstverein on June 21st, offering a decolonial perspective on the discourse of sexuality. Inspired by the concept of reenchantment, the project seeks to challenge traditional views on lust and desire shaped by modern medicine and psychology. Drawing from mythology, Islamic tradition, feminist theories, and non-binary practices, Sex Reenchanted aims to provoke thought and discussion about the diverse dimensions of human sexuality.

Central to Sex Reenchanted is the question of whether contemporary feminist art, which has strategically engaged sexual forces for political purposes since the 1970s, can ethically appropriate historical erotic material without perpetuating neo-orientalism.

By promoting a feminist and sex-positive stance, the exhibition aims to engage visitors through readings, lectures, interactive tours, and workshops facilitated by local initiatives such as "Wilde Vulven" from Heidelberg and "Wallah Schäm Dich," a Muslim sex educator based in Stuttgart.

In a world plagued by conflict and misogyny, Sex Reenchanted represents a bold step toward using art as a platform to empower young women and FLINTA* (women, lesbians, intersex, non-binary, trans, and agender individuals) to engage with issues of sexuality and sexual health.

Curated by Mehveş Ungan

Generously supported by the Innovationsfonds of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

Participating artists:


Daphne Ahlers

Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

CANAN

Anna Ehrenstein

Monia Ben Hamouda

Şafak Şule Kemancı

Kubra Khademi

Tabita Rézaire

Zoe Williams