Call me Venus is the research and production process in which I focused on history, the writing of history, and the patriarchal nature of historicization. Throughout the different phases of this process, different media, disciplines, and spaces were used; while the subject remained the same the works and the projects evolved to foreground the specificity of each medium. The project, Call Me Venus, looks at womanhood within the frameworks of historic knowledge and contemporary practices.
While criticizing male intervention, it emphasizes the necessity of female intervention.
I produced these Venuses by using prehistoric Venuses as examples - designed all of them and produced them myself. The materials used are ceramics, glass, and silicone - the glaze on the ceramics is also ceramic paint. The reason I chose ceramics as my main material was to preserve a relationship with the prehistoric Venuses and to make sure these objects are useable.
The glass display vitrines used in museums represent power and patriarchy. I wanted to see the female body without a glass vitrine, accessible. This is was one of the reasons why I built the exhibition space like a store.
In all of the images and footages used within Call Me Venus, Venuses are held, emphasizing their objectness.
You can satisfy yourself with these Venuses — you can take a beautiful woman’s body inside you. You can see it as an art work, a sculpture. You can satisfy yourself with a sculpture, because these are art works—they were produced by an artist and they were exhibited as art objects. They represent the woman and they are so close to you, so accessible that you can insert them into your body. They are art objects that can “literally” give you pleasure. The whole project is based at least on the potential pleasure of these possibilities. The goal is to put a smile on women’s faces and this goal has been reached.
Press Release of the exhibition Call me Venus is below.