Visual AIDS Artist+ Member Ben Cuevas speaks to Annie Sprinkle about art, knitting, postporn, ecosex, HIV, love, loss, risk, activism, feminism, go-go dancing, orgasms, humor, death and more.
Ben Cuevas is a Los Angeles–based interdisciplinary artist whose work spans a wide range of mediums, including installation, sculp- ture, fiber, photography, video, performance, and sound. Born in Riverside, California, in 1987, he received his BA from Hampshire College with a concentration in mixed-media installation art. Cuevas’s work has been exhibited in group and solo shows around the world, from Los Angeles to New York to Hong Kong, in galleries, museums, and private collections.
Annie Sprinkle was a Manhattan-based sex worker for twenty years before she morphed into a multimedia artist and filmmaker. Her one- woman shows, Post Porn Modernist and Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, toured to twenty-one countries. Sprinkle was awarded the Artist/ Activist/Scholar Award from Performance Studies International (at Stanford University) and the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant Garde. She currently collaborates with her partner, Beth Stephens, and together they are pollinating ecosexual art, theory, practices, and activism around the planet.
Foreword by John Chaich. Afterword by Beth Stephens.
DUETS is a series of publications that pairs artists, activists, writers, and thinkers in dialogues about their creative practices and current social issues around HIV/AIDS.
DUETS: Ben Cuevas & Annie Sprinkle in Conversation
64 pp, 32 color images, perfect bound
Softcover, 7.5” x 5.5”
Published by Visual AIDS, September 2016
DUETS Series Editor: Nelson Santos, Visual AIDS
Managing Editors: Barbara Schroder and Karen Kelly of Dancing Foxes Press and Alex Fialho, Visual AIDS
Book Design: Tiffany Malakooti
Printer: die Keure, Brugge, Belgium