PORTRAIT: The Safeword is Post-Studio Practice

Micaela Carolan, Leigh Ledare, Reba Maybury
 Pretend You’re Actually Alive  (2008) Colour and black & white photographs, ink on paper, various ephemera. Installation dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist

Victoria Campbell on Micaela Carolan, Leigh Ledare, Reba Maybury

Sex work is work; art work is work; work is prostitution. Is that right? In a gig economy revision of the 1970s call for Wages for Housework, there’s plenty of room to rejig the relationships of sub and dom(me), haves and have-nots, exploiter and exploited. Victoria Campbell asks whether prostitution can be productively instrumentalised – and if so, who pays.

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