Such a treat to draw lovely Chiqui Love!
I met her at the Life Drawing with Berlin Strippers Collective session I recently attended, and I have been so thrilled to see the group thriving.
Chiqui is a terrific model, with burlesque performer skills as well as pole, and she brought fabulous outfits for the session.
I also created some drawings of her in her outfits for my Patreon-funded blog and you can see them there!
The session was put on by Berlin life drawing session organizers Alexandra Ru and Liana Gilman of Sketcherei.
Everything was very well-organized, with excellent lighting!
Chiqui also had an excellent playlist!
Berlin’s life drawing scene, with its diversity, strong female-identifying presence, and inclusion of sex workers, is a miracle and a treasure. I am so grateful to work and draw in this city alongside my colleagues!
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 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.