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Olga Jürgenson. Le Bordel Philosophique

Curator: Anders Härm and Corina L. Apostol

In 2017 hyper-realistic sex dolls with artificial ‘brains’ connected to sensors in their body were first released. In the same year, the first sex doll brothel appeared in Barcelona, and during the last 2 years, similar establishments have spread across Europe. According to some researchers, sex dolls promote a healthy life, and consequently, sex doll brothels should be encouraged; there is a hope that such brothels will reduce sex trafficking and decrease violence against women. “Le Bordel Philosophique” is a solo exhibition by Olga Jürgenson, which aims to explore, reflect, and uncover different ethical, sensual, and practical possibilities of AI partners entering our private and social lives. 


Olga Jürgenson has participated in significant group exhibitions globally, including 56th Venice Biennial, MANIFESTA 10, Liverpool, Moscow, and Ural biennials. Awarded numerous grants and awards from several European foundations, in 2011 she was nominated for Kandinsky Prize (Moscow, Russia). Some of her recent solo exhibitions were at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, and New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, UK. Olga’s works are in state and private collections across the world, including The State Russian Museum, National Centre for Contemporary Art (Russia), Oulu Art Museum (Finland), The University of Cambridge (UK).


Anders Härm is a curator, an art historian, and an essayist living and working in Tallinn. Since 2017 he is the lecturer of contemporary art and curating and the head of Curatorial Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts.