Positive Sex - A Story About Sexuality Today by Agathe Boesch Hagenbach
Visually communicating prograssive talent in fashion, textiles and art is something Tactile Trends try to do with every story we publish and this week is a great example of that, having recently discovered the work of Agathe Boesch Hagenbach.
Agathe is a Paris-based fashion design student with a speciality in trend communication. We had the pleasure of interviewing Agathe via Skype about her latest project 'Positive Sex' a poetic manifesto about sexuality which aims 'to help accept what is unfamiliar to us, or who we are, and contribute to the Revolution we need'.
Tactile Trends believe art driven communication like this will be key to a sexually educated future where people talk openly without fear of judgement about sex and gender in the digital age. Let us introduce you to Positive Sex by Agathe Boesch Hagenbach.
*Please note the following content contains nudity and sexual imagery.
Foreword by Agathe
Social interactions and more particularly sexual relationships have always drawn my attention. I was seeking to understand, way before getting a scientific explanation of a sexual intercourse. Why were we talking so much about sex? I quickly added «yet why do we speak so little about it?» to this inquiry.
Us, individuals evolving in a sex led society, only have the right to know and apply one kind of sexuality (or two, informally), without being over judged. I call it the «supermarket sex», obviously heteronormative. We, despite our opinions, are compelled to consume it, whether it is on the streets, on tv, etc.
Educating ourselves is the most important thing we should do, having a reliable sexual education is crucial to the three basis of a healthy life: self love, respect for others and open-mindedness. We must allow future generations to live in a tolerant world, where they will not be ashamed of themselves. It is our responsibility to change this atmosphere.
We have to unravel the toxic image of sexuality and relationships inflicted by this patriarchal society. Sweltering and alarming, we are tagged as «normal» or not, regardless the damages. Every single way of having a CONSENTED sexual intercourse is sound, we should not be embarrassed by our sexual kinships. With this «positive sex» project, i aim, in my own way, to help accept what is unfamiliar to us, or who we are, and contribute to the Revolution we need.
1 // Splendour
Freedom and exploration drive an inclusive and observant mood in the first chapter of 'Positive Sex' as we are encouraged to look through non-gendered eyes. Polyamorous relationships are brought to life through skin on skin materials like silicone on leather, jelly rubber, soft malleable plastics and leathers. Colours collectively display a global nude palette with names like caress, embrace and penetrate.
The aesthetic is glossy, wet and symbolic of seldom seen, sea creatures in this chapter where we experience a visual dialogue of temptation, forbidden fruit and prohibition that is rooted in the world of the sex worker.
With the legal status and regulation of prostitution varying form country to country the stereotype of a sex worker is generally negative. Here Agathe questions are prostitutes and even escorts victims or can it be a legitimate even empowering form of work that is just misunderstood?
According to Agathe you cant define normal or abnormal in sexual tastes and the notion that submissive lacks power or that a feminist, for example, cant be submissive is something we have been conditioned to understand through the media. In this third chapter Agathe aims to open up boundaries by exploring the world of BDSM. Colours are strong and pale and fabrics are coated and veiled.
In the final chapter of Positive Sex Agathe addresses the subject of self pleasure, adding in our conversation how important it could be in treatment of depression and anxiety, something that is trending upwards in younger generations. Bringing a lightness in colour the mood is blatant and focuses on familiarising different bodily shapes and forms.
At the end of our interview we asked Agathe to name a few people and sites that inspire her, here are a few of those including her site of course!
Erica Lust is an erotic movie director 'with great skills to portray human nature through the narrative of desire, and a unique talent to merge eroticism with witty comedy'.
The Red List is a great source of inspiration for visual artists
We would like to say thankyou to Agathe for sharing her work with the Tactile Trends community and above all for progressing what she believes in. You can view more of Agathes' work here
There are many post digital differences shaping the intimate lives that we have today; Tinder, social media and connective intimacy through technology are just some of the huge developments driving the way we interact with eachother to new levels.
It is inevitable that there will be negative and positive consequences. The only way to move forward is to find a way of talking about self expression openly and it all starts with education. Activism through art, design, music and literature will surely play a big part in that.
If this topic has resonated with you leave a comment, we would love to hear your thoughts.
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