Installation. Group exhibition: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams & Deniz Ünal

Installation views of Something Soft: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal & Zoe Williams at Kunstraum

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

Pink Figure (2019) (detail)

'Slow Burn' (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. Commissioned by Grand Union, Birmingham as part of 'Pleasure is a Weapon' solo exhibition at Grand Union (2017).

Installation: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings.

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. With work by Zoe Williams.

'Slow Burn' (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings. (Commissioned by Grand Union, Birmingham). On monitor: Julie Béna 'Who wants to be my horse?' (2019).

'Slow Burn' (detail) (2017) acrylic paint on cotton bondage rope, knots, steel fixings.

'Slow Burn' (2017) (detail) with Zoe Williams 'Orgy Urn' (2011-2012)

White Figure (2019) Acrylic paint on cut, acid-free tissue paper.

White Figure (detail) (2019)

White Figure (detail) (2019)

White Figure (detail) (2019)

SOMETHING SOFT

Group exhibition at Kunstraum, London (2019).

Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams & Deniz Ünal

‘Touching on ideas of seduction, sensuality and transgression, ‘Something soft’ delves into the shifting grounds between sex and intimacy. The exhibition intersects the works of Julie Béna, Susie Green, Zoe Williams and Deniz Ünal, to consider how objects facilitate intimacy and the importance of trust and solidarity. While coming from female perspectives ‘Something soft’ subverts the conflation of softness with femininity– reclaiming tenderness as something which exists beyond gendered norms.

The artists’ spatial interventions, sound works, performances, video and sculpture, flirt with sexual intimacy, power exchange, consensual pain, bodily smells or liquids, bondage and ritual. But rather than sensationalising sexual pleasure, ‘Something soft’ foregrounds moments of interaction – touch, spaces between communication, the things which go unsaid – to which the sex act itself can be seen as a by-product’.

Photos: Tim Bowditch.