Oproep 4

Brussels Porn Film Festival / First edition february 2022 / “Porn gaze(s) : windows of pleasure”

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We are a collective of artists, sex workers, cinematographers, social sciences researchers, students at INSAS, ERG, Beaux-Arts. IDORU is the ASBL that forms our legal framework. We aim to organize the first edition of a queer and feminist gazed post-porn festival in Brussels, still crucially missing in our city. We want to act against stigmat and unilateral perception of pornography and sex work.

Wat is meerstemmigheid voor jou en welk(e) aspect(en) ervan houden je vooral bezig?

Diversity, in our opinion, is the ability to reach a plurality of points of view and stories, with their resources, their history and their concrete existence in everyday life. We have to prevent the social and cultural domination that priviledges some and disclaims others. Regarding our field of interest, sexual representations are still misconsidered by art institutions, while dominant social representations still spread harmful ideas about it. In a society of marginalizations and oppressions (ableism, racism, ageism, transphobia, etc.) we strongly affirm our will to subscribe our festival in an intersectional positionment. Our programming highlights a diversity of sexual self-representations made by minorities themselves, to favorise empowering dynamics. Also, through a queer, sex worker and feminist gaze, we find it primordial to not decide what should be good or bad pornography: mainstream porn is often used as the perfect culprit by anti-porn discourses, assuming that performers are victims and unable to know for themselves.

Wat is het idee, voorstel of initiatief dat je wenst voor te stellen?

We wish to organize a pluridisciplinary festival (planned for 17-20/02/2022 at Nova cinema and Kinograph/See U - Brussels), constituted with movie screenings, roundtables, visual art exhibitions, performances, podcasts and workshops. We aim to create a safe and welcoming space where pornographers and sexworkers could meet and where their knowledge, expressions and histories would be shared and conserved. A space also accessible to a more general audience, acknowledging pornographic expressions in recognized cultural institutions and overcome as much as possible the infamity wall. We have to reach these places of social legitimacy, as diversity of sexual representations has a political power that shouldn’t stay in already-awared circle. Another fundamental aim is to deeply interconnect our project with a brusseleers’ already existing cartography. Through collaborative programmation, we will work with festivals and collectives such as Pink Screens, Homografia, alt-x, FatSabbats, UTSOPI, Xeno- or the RainbowHouse among others.