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.