Opening, March 13, 2008, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 14 – April 18, 2008
CODE:RED (since 1999/2000) is an ongoing collaborative, transdisciplinary platform for discussion and research models of informal economy, activism, and self-organization of urban minorities in the context of sex work and human trafficking. The platform encompasses various forms of collaboration with experts, scholars, and activist groups, from research and selfhelp to public actions and exhibitions following the principle of dialog and teamwork. The Daspu fashion brand was created in 2005 to strengthen—with visibility and resources—the struggle of the prostitutes against prejudice. The line’s brand name, Daspu, is a play on “Daslu,“ the name of Brazil’s most expensive posh multi-brand boutique and department store in São Paulo. The boutique is known as the “fashion designers’ mecca“ of Brazil as it houses more than 60 labels. With product lines in struggle, pleasure, leisure/Carnival and activism, Daspu has mobilized society around the theme of a fashion for life. Besides prostitutes, young designers and internationally renowned models joined to collaborate on the project. The national and international repercussions have been striking, enlarging the scope of citizenship for the prostitutes.
Tadej Pogačar (b. 1960 in Slovenia) lives and works in Ljubljana.
Curated by Christian Kravagna and Hedwig Saxenhuber.