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Working Girl: Sophia Giovannitti
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A 3D rendered person with long hair puts something into their mouth as they lean on a flat wooden platform
Still from Scorpion, Frog by Sophia Giovannitti

To mark the publication of Working Girl, artist and writer Sophia Giovannitti presents her performance-lecture Scorpion, Frog.

Sex and art, are often described as two sacred spheres that ought to be kept separate from the marketplace. Yet both sustain two lucrative industries, built on the commodification of creativity, desire, authenticity and intimacy. In Working Girl Giovannitti argues for the refusal of moral outrage and legal regulation by suggesting a different route to a more autonomous life. She argues this through delving into our anxieties about art and sex.

Working Girl draws on cultural and political theory and Giovannitti’s own experiences as a sex worker and artist. 

After the lecture-performance, Giovannitti is joined by writer and cultural critic Bryony White for a discussion and Q&A.
Sophia Giovannitti (b. 1992) is a conceptual artist based in New York, whose practice includes writing, video, performance, and sculpture, under the umbrella of Studies. Her artwork has been exhibited at Recess, the Athens Biennale, Duplex, The Bowery Hotel, and PPOW, among other places. She has written on gender, sex and labor for The New Inquiry, n+1, Document Journal and SSENSE, among other publications. Her first book Working Girl: On Selling Art and Selling Sex is being published by Verso in May 2023.

Bryony White is a writer and Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance studies at the University of Warwick. She has published in LA Review of Books, Elephant, frieze, TLS and The White Review.

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