The website description in misleading, dont be put off.  I was expecting something harsh and highly sexualised, but  these ‘portraits’ have a tender quality because of the way Hristova has cut them. They present realities of the porn industry in slight phrases … the woman is lying about her orgasms, and you’d need ‘extremely acute extra-sensory perception ‘ to realise it.

Shared sexual delight is about acute sensory perception, isn’t it.

The interview is informative + unresolved.  The sex industry.. is not about ‘fantasies’ but about using women to the point of humiliation, injury and death.. Hristova seems unclear about this, almost naive..  ‘I’ve realised that when you’re talking about porn , you’re still really talking about male sexuality’.  Its the ‘still really’ that is significant.  She ends this section by saying ‘I’ve been left questioning the degrees of autonomy and exploitation that women experience in that sphere’. For the million women disappearing every decade in India, and trafficking across the world, … autonomy ..?  Has she been taken over by  the happy hooker image?

A wonderful piece of broken up ceramics with real flowers in the next room shows  ‘status quo’ art.  Hristova’s work is much more interesting.. Til 7th April

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