petite, bohemian, feminine goth lady, femme fatale, and sexy trollop of wild abandon...
prostitute of the streets, kept woman, whore...I am all of these...with total abandon

'in truth…she is a salamander, she is a nymph…she is a bacchante of the menelean mount.'

My Desires:

all of France, especially Paris
Italian men
sultry dark eyes
the seductive feel of black velvet and black silk
black garters and black silk stockings
the occult
blood vampirism
the night



Friday, May 21, 2010

"Prostitutes Of Europe"

Mathilde Bouvard, a French artist and photographer, embarked on what she called a "socio-artistic project with a European dimension"; during a tour of European cities, she got in touch with prostitutes who willingly work in the life, taking their pictures and recording their testimonies.

"One day, I realised that I did not want to make art for a purely aesthetic function, but to do it in a more social and human way," explains Bouvard. "The theme of ‘prostitution’ combines three interesting topics: marginality, women, and the idea of sex in our society." The cities in which she captured the images included Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, Budapest, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Geneva, London, Bern, and Marseille.

Bouvard's photos put a much-needed human touch in depicting prostitutes: we are not one-dimensional stereotypes - we are like other women everywhere. Just because what we do is unusual and not socially acceptable in much of society does not mean we are less deserving of civil rights.

Mathilde Bouvard (below) has lived in Berlin since 2006, where she founded an artists' collective, S.O.U.A.D., while working on photography, painting, scenography, theatre and film decor, body painting, and live performance art.

S.O.U.A.D. (Berlin)

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