Laura Gonzalez


25 Jun 2011

Les Paris sont ouverts

‘Les paris sont ouverts’

Opening 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.
29 June 2011 to 4 September 2011

The Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX

Dimitris Dokatzis
Maria Finn
Eve Fowler
Sharon Kivland
Jeff Ono
Paul P.

The Freud Museum presents ‘Les paris sont ouverts’, curated by Caroline May, a group exhibition which brings together eight international artists, some of whom are showing for the first time in the UK. All the artists explore sexuality and desire, inclusion and exclusion, repression and trauma in a way that challenges normative thinking and proposes alternative modes of thinking about the self and ‘the other’. The title can be literally translated as ‘the bets are open’, while a looser translation suggests that ‘everything is possible, anything can happen’. The exhibition addresses the idea of openness and possibility in gender and sexuality.

A year ago Sharon Kivland paid her then fifteen-year-old son to copy indexical references to mother-son relations in the works of Sigmund Freud. These he has written in pen and ink on the pages of old French school exercise books, line after line, as though it were a punishment. Writing lines is usually meted out by one in authority in response to misbehaviour, a breaking of a rule. Kivland made the mistake of paying up front — of course this has meant many confrontations about unfinished work and lack of discipline. The last book, the pale pink of which depicts a modern aeroplane, behind which in an oval vignette there is a much earlier model, with the word ‘progrès’ underneath, contains the sentence: ‘Mother, boy’s incestuous feelings for’ (it is from The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, volume 17). Kivland’s son wonders if this is not rather unhealthy; also he feels that he has been underpaid for his laborious work.

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.