“What you don’t see” is a photographic exhibition intended to circulate artistic and poetic narratives about sex work produced by sex workers during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Curated with sex workers throughout a participatory process, the exhibition is a response to exclusionary strategies of urban reform and seeks to challenge stigmatizing discourses and vindicate sex workers’ right to the city.
It debuted at the Hélio Oiticica Arts Center in Rio de Janeiro as well as the MoMA PS1 Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance.
The material was also exhibited at Bournemouth University’s 2018 Festival of Learning and it will also feature at the ‘Sport/Spectacle: Art, Performance, and Sport’ Conference, 14-15 September 2018, King’s College, London.
What You Don’t See: Prostitution as We See It, Prostitution Policy Watch (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and Sexual Spaces Project (ESRC – Bournemouth University)