Petra Bauer has been commissioned by Collective to undertake a research-based project in which she has initiated a collaboration with SCOT-PEP – a charity in Edinburgh dedicated to the promotion of sex workers’ rights.
During March Petra continued this collaborative project, leading a series of closed workshops that explored filmmaking strategies and the work, daily challenges and struggles of this sex worker led organisation. Through an ongoing process of listening and sharing knowledge about labour rights and film production, the group ask: how do you act politically when stigma prevents you from being public?
Petra Bauer is an artist and filmmaker based in Sweden. Petra’s practice explores film as a space where political negotiations take place. She has exhibited internationally, most recently at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015 and A Voice of One’s Own: On Women’s Fight for Suffrage and Human Recognition, Malmö Konstmuseum, 2014.
SCOT-PEP is a charity dedicated to the promotion of sex worker’s rights, health and dignity. They are members of the Global Network of Sex Work Project, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, and the UK Network of Sex Work Projects. Although primarily focussed on Scotland, SCOT-PEP is an active member of a global movement calling for sex work to be recognised as work.
Constellations Programme is a series of off-site, research-based commissions that aim to bring people together to develop ideas and partnerships. This programme of commissions will include discussions, screenings, and walks, providing opportunities for artists and audiences to engage with our locality and consider new ways for people to work together.