The exhibition MD presents an in-depth survey of Marlene Dumas’s work, with an emphasis on paintings and drawings from 1992-2000.
Her work explores the complex realm of human relationships; love, desire, longing, fear, restraint and pleasure. Drawing on images from film, fashion and pornographic magazines, Dumas’ work places the viewer in the dual position of being both subject and the voyeur, triggering our imaginations and encouraging us to question our behaviour, morality and relationships to others.
Dumas languishes in the directness and immediacy of drawing and painting. The strength of the medium acts as a counterpoint to the many theoretical readings relating to sex, gender, cultural identity and the body, which can often be applied to her work.