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Tadej Pogacar, FF Alumn, presents new work in Slovenia.

Monument to an Unknown Prostitute
A Document of Action
International Centre of Graphic Arts ,Tivoli Mansion, Pod turnom 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art and Tadej Pogacar present the document of unveiling of the 'Monument to an Unknown Prostitute' in the Tivoli Park in Ljubljana in February 2002. This is the first memorial of its kind ever known to be erected. The inauguration of the monument was performed in close co-operation with the Comitato dei Diritti Civilli delle Prostitute institution from Pordenone, Italy.

The inauguration of the monument forms part of the wider CODE:RED project exploring certain aspects of prostitution and sex work as a specific mode of parallel economy. Sex industry is a vital source of income for a large part of non-official economy excluded from circuits of national economy. It is an eminently international and global phenomenon, which comprises different multicultural groupings. The CODE:RED project of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art was part of the last Venice Biennial; it included the 1st World Congress of Sex Workers and New Parasitism with participation of sex workers and activists from Taiwan, Cambodia, USA, Thailand, India, Australia and Europe.

'Monument to an Unknown Prostitute' is an example of a temporary public monument in urban setting. It represents an alternative view of monumentality (historical importance, immortality). The logic of this temporary monument is best illustrated by Guy Debord's thought that the 'weak' should exploit the 'strong' to create his/her own autonomous sphere of action. The nature of the monument is fragmentary and heterogenuous. The choice of materials and the manner of construction follow the ethic and aesthetic of dailines and temporariness. The selected materials are predominantly ordinary and cast-off matters. The inauguration of the 'Monument to an Unknown Prostitute'is an act of subjective experience of urban environment - the inauguration of the temporary monument realises the practice of concrete utopia, play and communication.

P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art
email: tpogacar@yahoo.com
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