This May, we not only celebrate International Masturbation Month but also the aptly timed opening of the PLEASURES exhibition at Shoreditch Modern! The exhibition is organised in partnership with media company Women of the Wick and explores the theme of pleasure through the point of view of six female-identifying artists: Adele Brydges, Margaux Carpentier, Catrine Håland, Ania Kann, Olivia Strange and Daisy Tortuga.

There is a myriad of things that can give pleasure, which is reflected in the diversity of works selected for the exhibition. Through the mediums of paint, textile, ceramic, photography and printmaking, the artists offer an insight into what pleasure means to them. Reclaiming the narrative that has far too often been stifled by societal norms and overshadowed by male voices – in playful, raw and poetic ways.

One of the highlights of the private view was the artist panel where Olivia Strange, Catrine Håland and Adele Brydges shared fascinating views on how sensuality drives their practice and how their art helps them navigate shame and other barriers surrounding pleasure.

PLEASURES is curated by Shoreditch Modern founder Anaïs Masetti in collaboration with Sara Kårpanen, writer and founder of Women of the Wick. As two female-led businesses based in East London and aiming to provide opportunities to underrepresented creatives, the partnership between the two organisations came naturally. With this exhibition, they hope to foster positive artistic dialogue around a topic still seen as taboo by many.

This art exhibition is free and open to the public until 17th May 2024. The gallery’s opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. All artworks on display are available for sale. For any sales enquiries, please contact: anais@shoreditchmodern.com

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