On the occasion of the exhibition Ten Million Rooms of Yearning: Sex in Hong Kong, Para Site presents a talk by participating artist.
Roee Rosen is an artist, writer and filmmaker. He is a professor at the Ha’midrasha School of Art in Israel, and at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Rosen’s work, often evoking the sardonic, disturbing and macabre, transgresses realism, fiction and the hallucinatory. Looking through the lens of the erotic, Rosen will discuss recent projects, which include Vladmir’s Night, depicting the terrorising visions of Vladmir Putin as a child, and Two Women and a Man, conjuring Justine Frank, a Jewish-Belgian surrealist pornographer and writer who died in 1943.
“What are you doing after the orgy?”once perversely asked. I would answer: “Just read .” came after the orgy, and he knows it. With Sweet Sweat, he is bringing in for a last call all the erotic avant-gardes of the West. But he can only do it with a vengeance – by writing himself into the picture. Erudite, baroque, dazzling, maniacal, and all-encompassing in his approach, keeps erasing the fine line that separates fiction and truth, imagination and reality, just as Sade and have done before him. But he is also keenly aware that this division doesn’t exist anymore and that all one can do is hallucinate over its existence. What makes his summa erotica erotic is that for him, as for pornography is philosophy.
—about Sweet Sweat, the only novel written by , which features an essay and biography by .
Venue kindly supported by Asia Art Archive.