In our new GALLERY section, Julia discusses her work. "My project, The Act, is a multi-faceted study of women who engage voluntarily in the UK sex-industry, their reasons for choosing this career path, and their feelings about their work. It includes images, and ‘stories’ in text and as well as online videos. During the project, I was involved not only as a photographer, but as a ‘normal’ woman observing other women unabashedly engaging in acts during which they exploit their sexuality and their physicality to earn their living. It was a stimulating experience from start to finish. It took me on an unexpected and daring adventure seeing life from a distinctly different perspective than one I lead. These are my thoughts on my photographic odyssey into the world of the sex industry."
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ER: If you could insult anyone who would it be and what would you say to them? Mr Bingo: Donald Trump. I would say “You are a cunt” to him.
Artists are rarely so comfortable in themselves as Victoria Rowley. Legs that are endlessly elegant (CHIC, two down) and a face of incomparable beauty, it’s a wonder that you haven’t come across her before. Perhaps it’s because she’s been up to her elbows in mysterious dyes, colouring silks and studiously creating undeniably erotic images, mixing images of the botanical with the male sex for the last few years. Now she’s managed to get the stains out from her hands she’s doing more than rolling up her sleeves to bring her creations to life.
If I don't see Art as a way to turn this world in a better place, I strongly believe that the main role of art is to ask us the good questions about it. Artists have to point out the issues and trouble of our conditions that stop us on our way to the spirituality and universal harmony.
One of the most talked about exhibitions at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, FECK:ART took shape as the area’s emerging artists toiled to answer one question: can art succeed where porn fails: to actually turn us on? Their diverse and dazzling output celebrates ‘beautiful obscenity’ while challenging pornography’s status quo.
Abigail Ekue is a New-York based creative whose photography has been widely exhibited in the Big Apple and published by everyone from The Huffington Post to Mouth&Mouth. She uses her camera to explore body image, sex and sensuality, and the visceral human experience.
Born in Denver, Colarado in 1958, Francesca Woodman trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and in Rome (1977-78). After her return to the US, she worked as a photographer in New York until her suicide at the age of twenty-two. Woodman’s remarkable black and white photographs often depict the female form and feature the artist as well as other – mostly female – models. These images are often staged in dilapidated interior spaces where the human body is allowed to merge and blend with its surroundings. She produced unconventional portraits and self-portraits in which faces are often blurred or concealed. These eerie, ghost-like images create a strong sense of psychological unease.
Julie Cook is an award-winning artist specialising in photography-based projects and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at University of East London. The politics of looking and the relationship between private and public are amongst the themes that bind together her impressive corpus of work.