The most recent video work by Sharon Hayes was prepared for La Biennale di Venezia in 2013, the main exhibition entitled "Il Palazzo Enciclopedico". Hayes found her inspiration in the film by Pier Paolo Pasolini of 1963, "Comizi d’Amore", which she used as a model to approach the subject. Both Pasolini and Hayes ask about sexual life, through which they test whether both societies (Italian society of the early 1960s and contemporary American society) are governed by he “politics based on values” principle, in which conventional issues overshadow the economic and political deficiencies of the social life. The morality discourse policy deconstructed by the artist functions separately from economy, i.e. from what in fact has the biggest impact on human life.To conduct her video-survey on the sexual life of contemporary Americans, Sharon Hayes chose one of the few female secondary schools in the USA. Such schools – remains of the already remote educational concepts based on sex segregation – wrestle with stereotypes, at the same time serving as a satisfying material for research on the dynamics of social changes related to feminine sexuality.
Medium: HD video 16:9
Ownership form: collection Source: Tanya Leighton Gallery Index: MSN: 4300-16/2015 Acquisition date: Oct 26, 2015 Financing source: Cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the 'National collections of contemporary art 2015' priority