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Petra Bauer is an artist and filmmaker based in Sweden. She works at the Royal Institute of Art as a research leader and Head of Department for artistic research and further education in architecture and fine art in Stockholm. In her artistic practice and research she is interested in how we can approach film as a space for social and political negotiations. Her work explores politically and aesthetically how women have organised and resisted historically and in a contemporary global world. She has formed long-term collaborations with several different feminist organisations including Southall Black Sisters in London, the sex worker led organisation SCOT-PEP in Edinburgh, and The Women’s Centre in Tensta-Hjulsta in Stockholm. She is one of the initiators of the feminist platform k.ö.k (Women Desire Collectivity). Her recent artistic research project revisits feminist figures in art and film works of the 70s and explores how they can be rethought from a contemporary global and decolonial perspective.

SCOT-PEP is sex worker-led charity that advocates for the safety, rights and health of everyone who sells sex in Scotland. They believe that sex work is work, and that sex workers deserve protections such as labour rights. Along with Amnesty International, the World Health Organisation and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, they believe that the decriminalisation of sex work best upholds the safety and rights of people who sell sex.

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