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love in the ruins; sex over 50

I began work on love in the ruins; sex over 50, the year I turned 50 and my husband turned 62. I worked on these images for several years but decided not to show the work until my daughter graduated from high school. The first exhibition of the work was in 2011 at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, in an exhibition titled Sex Drive, curated by Stuart Horodner.

In March 2014, I had a solo exhibition of the work at Studio 10 in Bushwick, showing a selection of eight large-scale images. I think of the work as an ongoing diary; a record both of resilience and of defiance in the face of the decaying body.

The exhibition at Studio 10 received a featured review, Everlasting Love: Susan Silas's Intimate Photographs , written by Thomas Micchelli, published in Hyperallergic, and a mention in the New York Times. It was included in Paul D'Agostino's piece Sex and Gendered in The L Magazine and Julieta Cárdenas interviewed me for the magazine ADULT on the occasion of the exhibition.

A large selection of the work shown at Studio 10, along with more recent images, was on view from May 18, 2018 through January 13, 2019, in the exhibition IN THE CUT - The Male Body in Feminist Art, curated by Dr. Andrea Jahn at Stadgalerie Saarbrücken in Germany. A catalogue of the exhibition is due out in May of 2019.

Press for IN THE CUT in English:

Marcin, Nadja Verena 150 Phalluses in Feminist Art Today, Hyperallergic, August 22, 2018

Takac, Balasz What About the Male Body in Feminist Art? An Exhibition Examines, Widewalls, May 23, 2018


installation images: Stadgalerie Saarbrücken

selected images

installation images: Studio 10, Bushwick


TORSOS, 2017