Hermaphrodite consists of 128 woodprints each of which stands on its own and which, combined, form the image of the hermaphrodite.
The whole procedure was calendar.


Hermaphrodite in the exhibition place Nikos Kessanlis, 2008, medium: wood prints, dimensions: 274,5 x 438,5cm, year: 2008, photo credits: Yiannis Chiotopoulos


Hermaphrodite, ATTRACTION OF THE OPPOSITES, CUCOSA, 2012, medium: wood prints, dimensions: 274,5 x 438,5cm, year: 2008, photo credits: Kiki Petratou


“Hermaphrodite” addresses questions of gender, a recurring issue within Gouseti’s work. The image, depicting the artist as a hermaphrodite probing her penis, is broken down to 128 frames. Each frame although pertinent to the rest can also stand on its own. Gouseti chose deliberately to work with the medium of woodcut because it offers a definitive result just like a stamp. The medium therefor becomes a statement about the difficulty to always assent to what is considered as the ‘right thing’.

“Hermaphrodite” inquires into what is supposed to be normal or right. It emphasizes how this part of biological reality remains invisible. Sexes have been defined strictly as two from the Victorian times onwards. The percentage however of the people who are born with ambiguous genitalia (intersexual) all over the world is similar to that of red headed people; too big an amount to be so easily disregarded. Why then the contemporary education/information/knowledge coerce us to believe that the biological sexes are undoubtedly two?

Kiki Petratou



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