Scientia Sexualis is a group survey of contemporary artists whose work confronts and reimagines sex and gender from the ways in which they have been historically defined by science. Over the past 50 years, feminist and queer artists have approached these subjects as sources of experimentation, knowledge production, medical management, and biotechnical information. The exhibition features artists who not only examine the difficult history of science as it relates to racialized and gendered assumptions about the sexual body, but who also work from its wake—creatively reclaiming scientific methods to produce speculative technologies of transformation, map embodied forms of knowledge, and radicalize practices of care. Through an intersectional and trans-inclusive perspective, Scientia Sexualis and its accompanying catalogue aim to explore and reconstruct the frameworks that determine not only what sex and gender are, but what a body is and can be.
"Form begets Function," 2020, Jes Fan. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with assistance from Canada Council for the Arts and the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney. Courtesy the artist and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong. Photograph: Zan Wimberley. ©Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
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