…This is a blatant, in your face, advertisement for my Artist Book, When Art Becomes Work, a book based on the Dutch manual for the sex worker, When Sex Becomes Work by former prostitute Mariska Majoor.
WHEN ART BECOMES WORK, is an Artist’s Book that comments in form and content on the legalization of prostitution in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the subsequent “Art Stay” program that closed Red Light District brothels and converted them into artist ateliers resulting in the prostitution of the artist in the name of urban renewal. Based on the reverse attached book WHEN SEX BECOMES WORK, the word “art” was substituted for the word “sex” throughout the text calling the readers attention to the substitution of one type of worker for another. With this change, the entire book changes in purpose. What was previously a manual for the sex worker, now functions as a manual for the artist similarly to the way the brothel window functions as a new space.
Who am I to promote such a book anyway? I am the author/artist:
Terry Norton-Wright is an American Artist whose work deals with the personal and the societal perception and understanding of the human body. This book is the result of an Artist-in-Residence she did at The Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands for two months in the spring of 2012 focusing on the legalization of prostitution in Amsterdam and the resulting re-purposing of brothels into artist’s ateliers.
If you live in Amsterdam, you can purchase a copy of the book at Boekie Woekie, Berenstraat 16. They are open daily 12 noon – 6pm. Or, you can purchase a copy from Mariska Majoor directly, (Make sure to have her sign it!) at the Prostitution Information Center, De Wallenwinkel, Enge Kerksteeg 3.
If you live in the United States, or anywhere else in the world, you can order a copy online at www.lulu.com. Amazon.com will be carrying the book beginning sometime next month.