Curators: Company New Heroes and Valentijn Byvanck
Marres and Company New Heroes presented in the spring of 2020 Yes, Please!, an exhibition about erotic fantasies. We are confronted with sex on a daily basis through porn, on dating apps, in movies, books, and the media. They all give us a forced perspective of how sex should look and feel. Young people and millennials are freer than ever, but suffer increasingly from performance pressure. Are our bodies attractive enough? Are we doing it right? What are our partners’ expectations, are they enjoying it? A new sense of prudery emerges that blocks our sexual freedom. There is one place, however, where we do not feel any pressure and are free to experiment: our imagination. Through veils of shame, under soft carpets, and in a somewhat kinky kitchen, you’ll explore the variety of human imagination with help of a menu full of fantasies. The exhibition aimed for visitors to explore their own erotic identity.
Company New Heroes
Over the past two years, Company New Heroes has researched the erotic fantasies of more than 300 Dutch and Flemish people. Bolleke, a caravan equipped with audio equipment, visited several festivals to collect erotic fantasies. Pascal Leboucq is the designer of the exhibition, and sound artist Marc Alberto makes the soundtracks. The dramaturgy of the exhibition, in which the research is also shared, is in the hands of Lucas De Man. The exhibition is part of the project Yes, Please!, a broad research to erotic fantasies.
Publication Yes, Please!
The exhibition Yes, Please! was accompanied by a publication, written by Lucas De Man and Mariëlle de Goede, with illustrations by Atelier Cambre. Using thematic categories, Yes, Please! presents a rich range of surprisingly frank, original and sometimes even moving stories. A must-read if you want to discover how erotic fantasies can enrich your life.
The book presentation took place on 7 March 2020 in Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht, prior to the opening of the exhibition Yes, Please!
DeBuren, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Fonds Podiumkunsten.