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Gay Sex In Public Toilets at Schwules Museum, Berlin

Berlin’s Schwules Museum unveil their new exhibit “Public Toilets, Private Affairs” featuring NSFW images of public restroom gay encounters photographed by Marc Martin.

The artist believes that urinals, contrary to their sleazy image, were places of nonjudgmental sexual freedom for those who couldn’t entertain at home. Although men now meet through hook-up apps, for the most part, sex in public toilets are an important part of queer history.

“These places, where men were constantly coming and going, were instrumental in my sexuality, aroused my desires and quenched my curiosity,” Martin writes. “In there, I also had the most unlikely, unexpected encounters.”

Marc Martin is not afraid to show explicit acts, even extreme, even dirty; but his photos always bring a different light from among shadows. His focus on the culture of urban urinals isn’t random; his approach transcends ages and generations. Marc prefers the messy realness of humanity to sanitized social expectations. His objective is therefore not limited to capturing the last existing relics, like so many of the vestiges of the past. Marc gives new life to these relics through reconstituted settings, filmed confessions, archive documents collected over many years. He will also present his more recent photographic work, as well as the work of others, all surrounding a variety of relevant quotations collected from everywhere, down to a few unexpected urinals mentioned in the verses of Verlaine and Rimbaud. From poetry to pornography, his work bears witness to the generation of today, of a type of sexual interaction that has virtually disappeared now. Glorious or shameful, our good old cottage toilet no longer needs to blush about its past.

Public Toilets & Private Affairs runs from November 17, 2017 – February 5, 2018, @ Schwules Museum, Berlin. 

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