April 20, 2020 7:48 AM   Subscribe

TLDR [Vimeo, 60 min.] is a portrait of a community of sex workers who live and work in Cape Town by South African artist Candice Breitz (previously), currently on display as part of a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bonn.
A musical of sorts, TLDR articulates the community’s ongoing struggle against violence and stigma and towards basic human rights. Parsing the relationship between whiteness, privilege and visibility, Breitz points a finger at herself to bluntly ask whether and how artists living privileged lives can succeed in amplifying calls for social justice.

In 2017 Breitz presented Love Story [Vimeo, 74 mins.] at the Venice Biennale, featuring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin.
Love Story (2016), a seven-channel installation by Candice Breitz, interrogates the mechanics of identification and the conditions under which empathy is produced. The work is based on the personal narratives of six individuals who have fled their countries in response to a range of oppressive conditions.
Interview with Breitz about 'Love Story' on SABC (part 1, part 2)
posted by dmh (2 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The violence inherent to prostitution disproportionately targets and effects women of colour, and isn't a result of feminists "stigmatising" the profession by accurately describing the problems that exist whether it is illegal, decriminalised, or legalised.
posted by seraphine at 9:04 AM on April 20, 2020 [2 favorites]

isn't a result of feminists "stigmatising" the profession

There are many different kinds of feminists and some non-sex-worker-feminists who are opposed to sex work have certainly stigmatised the profession. As with all oppressions, it's better for a non-sex-worker-feminist ally to listen to sex workers and back up their voice than insist on knowing what's good for them.
posted by splitpeasoup at 12:15 PM on April 20, 2020 [2 favorites]

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