Sex Work Art Performances at the Schwules Museum

Marianne Chargois performs The Golden Flux at Schwules Museum by Suzanne Forbes Jan 16 2020I really loved being at the Schwules Museum  for the finissage of Objects of Desire.

The Schwules Museum is bright and welcoming, and the days’ events were a celebration of International Whore’s Day. So many wonderful sex workers were in the house, proclaiming their identity and power, demanding examination of their humanity. And the live art was amazing!

Actress, activist , filmmaker and worker Marianne Chargois performed The Golden Flux, a live experience piece about urophilia and sex work. It was an extremely beautiful and exhilarating work – the crowd absolutely cheered as the clouds of steam rolled out into the room.

You can see Ms. Chargois “standing on a self made chemical mountain of piss, dry ice and water” on the insta feed of the performer shown below, Liad Hussein Kantorowicz. Read more about The Golden Flux here.

Liad Hussein Kantorowicz performs Unidentified at Schwules Museum Jan 16 2020 by Suzanne ForbesPerformance artist and activist Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, a terrorist pussy superstar, performed Unidentified .

Liad is a spokesperson for sex workers’ rights and a founder of a Berlin peer project for migrant sex workers at Hydra.

Both these artists are doing crucial work illuminating the reality of sex workers. I am so grateful to live in a city where there is a museum that supports art like this.

Maxine poses for Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing!

Life drawing Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 11Life drawing with strippers is the best idea!

This brilliant idea was conceived by UK group East London Strippers’ Collective. Creative sex workers in Berlin decided to do it too!

Life drawing Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 11Maxine was the beautiful, athletic young model. Strippers are extremely strong and graceful, so they can take and hold wild poses!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesAbove and below, actual one-minute poses!Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes
Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes

This session was held at Angels Tabledance, a cozy and comfortable club just over the Prenzlauerberg border.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesMaxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8I saw fellow Berlin artists like Alexandra Ru (@barsketcher) and Sam (@midnightillustration).

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8I decided to experiment and brought my new water-filled brush pens, which was really fun.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8The washes of cadmium yellow are from a Dr. Martin’s ink bottle from the studio of late comics trailblazer Marie Severin.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 8Colleen Doran sent it to me for supporting her on Patreon!

Maxine and Chloe at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne ForbesHere’s Maxine giving a lap dance to Chloe, another member of the collective!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 10This drawing and the one below were drawn from memory, not poses, using my “mental snapshot” technique developed in my years as a courtroom artist.

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 10Life drawing event producer @chiquilovelovelove did a great job and I am most grateful for a lovely event!

Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 12Check the Berlin Strippers Collective website for lots of upcoming Life Drawing sessions at several locations.Maxine at Berlin Stripper Collective Life Drawing Jan 6 2020 by Suzanne Forbes 12

Such a joy to live in a city with so many talented artists, where both life drawing and sex work are valued!

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy! Feel free to print for your home.

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.