Mar 5, 2020
The Images Festival 2020 lineup has been released! We’re thrilled to announce Dallas Cant’s experimental short film, Hot Plastic Suits, has been selected to screen as part of the in support of sex work program, curated by Almond Lindenbach.
A discarded plastic suit turned eco-friendly product explores the inter-implications of materiality and paid erotics. The incorporation of erotic movement, mouth work, and plasticized payment complicates overtly simplistic critiques of commerciality, calling for a queer environmental politics that does not demonize money-defined relationships entirely, but rather, works to unravel the greed and destruction of colonialism without forgetting the legitimacy of sex work.
“in support of sex work celebrates a cross-section of contemporary erotic works by highlighting sex work, video by sex workers, and works by artists that are grounded in sexuality. This is a programming response to internet censorship affecting these artists due to the implementation of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (SESTA-FOSTA). Together, these policies conflate all online sexual activity as socially dangerous. This has led to worsening safety conditions for sex workers as well as a ban on online conversations, images, video, and events about sexuality on social media platforms, website builders, and video hosts. Contextualized within the history of sex work and art through Annie Sprinkle’s performance, these student works open a conversation about pornography, consent, gender garments, and genitals.” – Almond Lindenbach
Images Festival runs April 16 to 22 in Toronto, ON. in support of sex work takes place on Wednesday, April 22 at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, ON. Tickets for this program are pay-what-you-can.
Update: Images Festival will now take place as a free livestream through their website.