The Aphrodite Project is a series of new media artworks inspired by the cult of Aphrodite. In temples across the ancient world, Aphrodite was worshipped by both men and women, due to her influence over nature and fertility as well as raw sexuality. Her priestesses performed sexual acts in homage to her as a sacrifice for the fecundity of the land and its people. This sacred prostitution was intrinsically tied to religion, ritual and public policy and was seen as a social service and legitimate commerce. Platforms, the latest series of work in The Aphrodite Project, is a pair of sandals that are both a conceptual homage to Aphrodite and her prostitute-priestesses as well as a practical object for the contemporary sex worker. An integrated system of shoes and online services, Platforms uses the latest technology to bring sex workers on par with other public workers, whose lives are valued highly because they work in dangerous professions that serve the needs of the community. Coming soon!
The Aphrodite Project. Shoes for prostitutes. (SFW)