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Steak & Blowjob Day At The MAAT - Limited Edition of 8 Photograph

Mayram Maryam

Ukraine

Photography, Color on Paper

Size: 39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Mayram Maryam, "Steak & Blowjob Day At The MAAT", 2020, unique author's technique, 100 x 100 cm. The MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which opened its doors to the public on 5 October 2016. Presenting itself as a new cultural centre in the city of Lisbon, the MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects and thinkers. The €20m museum sits on the River Tagus (Rio Tejo) to the west of the city centre and "one of Europe's most lyrical new museums". A space for debate, critical thinking and international dialogue, which offers an intense and diverse programme conceived for all audiences and ages. The MAAT also represents the EDP group’s intent to help revitalise the riverfront of Belém’s historic district. Designed by the prestigious British architecture firm Amanda Levete Architects – whose curriculum includes distinctions such as the RIBA Stirling Prize -, the project involves approximately 3 thousand square metres of exhibitive space plus 7 thousand square metres of public space. The new building rises on the riverfront with an architectural narrative that is sensitive to the city’s cultural heritage and future, offering, among other features, a pedestrian roof that offers a privileged view of Lisbon and the Tagus, and which immediately became an iconic location. With this proposal, the EDP Foundation has created a unique space in the city: a campus measuring 38 thousand square metres where the new building, with its cosmopolitan design, coexists with the iconic Tejo Power Station, connected through a landscape project designed by Lebanese architect Vladimir Djurovic. Steak and Blowjob Day is a holiday created in the United States as a male response to Valentine's Day and celebrated a month later, on March 14. On the day, women are purportedly supposed to cook a filet steak for, and perform fellatio on, a man in response to postcards, chocolate and flowers given by men on Valentine's Day. The holiday was devised by radio DJ Tom Birdsey in 2002, during a show on WFNX radio station in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the various websites competing to be the official page of the day stated "March 14th henceforth became 'Steak and Blowjob Day.' Simple, effective and self explanatory. No cards, no flowers, no special nights on the town; the name explains it all: just a steak and a BJ. That's it." The official websites provide guides on how best to cook steak, and how to best perform fellatio. The day of celebration is sometimes suggested to be March 20 instead of March 14, either because the former was proclaimed to be Steak and Knobber Day by another radio host Dave Rickards in 1998, or because the latter coincides with Pi Day, which observes the mathematical constant π (pi). Suggestions have been made of a female equivalent of the day, such as "Chicken and Licking Day" on March 15. According to the women's historian Lois Banner, the day appeared to be part of the backlash against the feminist movement, moving toward a version of human interaction inherent to hookup culture, and that men "are really frightened because women are outperforming them". Activist Feminista Jones argues that it limits women's freedom of choice, thus being in the mainstream of traditional patriarchal restriction of female sexual behaviours. The sexual educator Walker Thornton wrote that the day, although silly, emphasized for her the issues she had with the modern worldview of Valentine's Day. Spanish soccer newspaper Diario AS considers the holiday to be "surreal". Student newspaper The Brown Daily Herald discussed the gender and sexual political implications surrounding the meme, suggesting that fellatio is considered by many to be a job the giver must endure as opposed to a form of enjoyment, and in the framing of Steak and Blowjob Day as a "man’s holiday" aimed at obtaining payback for Valentine's Day, this is perpetuated. The men's magazine Maxim described it as the greatest holiday of all time, whereas Cosmopolitan was unsure whether it was an outdated and sexist event or a bawdy celebration of sex and food. One opinion piece on the day suggested it was Neanderthal in trying to force through the idea of a day devoted to the combination of fellatio and steak, and suggested a range of alternatives. The holiday has drawn attention from celebrities including Christina Aguilera, who encouraged her fans to celebrate it in 2014. In 2016, Instinct noted that the day is also now being used as a way to successfully raise money for breast cancer research. In Germany, Bild noted the day is known as Schnitzel und Blowjob Tag, or Schniblo for short, and in France, female-targeted magazine MadmoiZelle noted it was a day targeted at men, while Le Bonbon said it was a "most American holiday". In Spain, daily newspaper El Mundo noted in Spain it would be called Día del Solomillo y el Sexo Oral and that the day joined food and sex, which it opined were two of the greatest pleasures in the world.

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Photography:Color on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:8

Size:39.4 W x 39.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Mayram Maryam is a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Above the valleys and the lakes: beyond The woods, seas, clouds and mountain-ranges: far Above the sun, the aethers silver-swanned With nebulae, and the remotest star, My spirit! with agility you move Like a strong swimmer with the seas to fight, Through the blue vastness furrowing your groove With an ineffable and male delight. Far from these foetid marshes, be made pure In the pure air of the superior sky, And drink, like some most exquisite liqueur, The fire that fills the lucid realms on high. Beyond where cares or boredom hold dominion, Which charge our fogged existence with their spleen, Happy is he who with a stalwart pinion Can seek those fields so shining and serene: Whose thoughts, like larks, rise on the freshening breeze Who fans the morning with his tameless wings, Skims over life, and understands with ease The speech of flowers and other voiceless things.

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