for centuries and throughout societies, there have been inaccuracies, stereotypes and stigmas on the concept of pleasure, especially on women’s pleasure. feminism created a context to allow women to access sex empowerment only recently, but the conversations around bodies and the cues about gender and sex are still dominated by the systemic structure that has impacted our ability to be sexual.
starting from these assumptions, the harvest balances images of pornography from the ‘60s and ‘70s and a personal yet provoking erotic novella, depicting a society that has contributed to the ground for power dynamics and violence into the private realm of the couple. the work aims to activate a sense of interchangeability in roles, within the most intimate experience with another.
text by valentina abenavoli
original prints from a private archive, istanbul.