Solitary Pleasures

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Visual Arts

Solitary Pleasures

  • 18 Apr 2018 — 13 May 2018
VALIE EXPORT, man + frau + animal

VALIE EXPORT, still from the film Man + Woman + Animal, (c) Sixpack Films

VALIE EXPORT, man + frau + animal

VALIE EXPORT, still from the film Man + Woman + Animal, (c) Sixpack Films


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX

The Freud Museum London presents Solitary Pleasures, a group exhibition that investigates a topic significant in Freudian and post-Freudian psychoanalysis, sexuality, and eroticism: masturbation.

The exhibition exposes masturbation as a topic that can transform our understanding of the human subject, human subjectivity, and human sexuality. It explores our complex sexual, erotic, and intimate encounters with ourselves and one another by way of masturbation as an all-inclusive - gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, trans, queer, + - practice. We hope to celebrate masturbation as a ‘solitary pleasure’, as opposed to as a ‘solitary vice’, as a pleasure that is universal and particular, collective and individual, and that’s also mutual; a shared exchange, an intimate encounter between couples, lovers, and strangers in ways that redefine desires and eroticism’s possibilities.

Contributors include Matthew Barney, Shannon Bell, VALIE EXPORT, Chantal Faust, Sigmund Freud, Antony Gormley, Jordan McKenzie, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Emma Talbot, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Michelle Williams Gamaker.