The Whore's Dialogue
April 11–June 23, 2013
Maya Gurantz’s three-screen installation, The Whore’s Dialogue, features three mature female actors performing an intricate script constructed from diverse contemporary sources, including personal memoirs, court transcripts of violent sex crimes, prostitutes’ blogs, and pornographic jokes. The work is inspired by the ancient genre of erotic literature of the same name made famous in the eighteenth century by the French libertine philosopher, the Marquis de Sade. Traditionally, “the whore’s dialogue” took the form of a titillating conversation between a sexually experienced woman and a young protégé, often a daughter, covering issues not only of sex and seduction, but also politics, history, and human nature. Gurantz’s work, featuring the voices of a Mother, a Wife, a Daughter, and a disembodied Anima or female unconscious, blurs the lines we ordinarily try to maintain between pleasurable sexual encounters, pornographic fantasy, and violence.
Maya Gurantz was born in Oakland, California in 1977. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Whore’s Dialogue will be presented in the Whole Room from April 11 through June 23, 2013. On Thursday, April 11th at 6:30PM Maya Gurantz spoke about her installation and its genesis as part of the MCA Denver program series Feminism & Co: Art, Sex, Politics.
The installation of The Whore’s Dialogue was supported by a Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC Grant. MCA Denver also thanks RedLine Denver for its support of this installation.
image: Maya Gurantz. The Whore's Dialogue, 2013. HD video, screens concrete plinths and annotated script, 13 min 54 sec. Courtesy the artist.