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Jan 1 2000


United States

In the past, prostitution was intrinsically tied to religion ritual and public policy, and it wasn't considered a taboo. Taking up from the idea of ancient sandals worn by prostitutes, the artist has created platform shoes that specifically focused on their protection and safety nowadays, with a GPS tracker that can send emergency signals to 911 or a sex workers' rights group. There is also a small screen in the platform acts as an advertising and promotion medium through which phone numbers, email addresses, and images can be displayed for client recognition. In addition to these features, an online social network allows sex workers to communicate with one another to track customers. The project include also a belt, corset, and saltire, all of which contain the same technology.

The Aphrodite Project aims to raise questions about the social positioning of these marginalized workers: do prostitutes have a right to protection, despite the explicit deviance of their profession? Who deserves new technology and when? Could this technology empower sex workers instead of endangering them? Using an archetypal model, could prostitution be decriminalised, legalised, and regulated once more?

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