Pees on Earth by Annie Sprinkle

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In 1998, Ellen Jong was at a party on Canal Street in New York’s TriBeCa. As the bathroom line was too long, she headed to the street to take a leak. Jong squatted just behind some junked furniture on the curb of the sidewalk, and her pee trickled down like wet paint on a wall. Being a photographer, she had her Yashica T4 with her, and turned around to her suspect puddle to capture what she thought looked more like blood in a murder scene than pee. Since that fateful urination, Jong has captured her tracks through New York, Miami, Shanghai, and Mexico, the countryside, woodside, and seaside, under moonlight and opposite sunset.

Since then, Jong has amassed a sizeable body of work, a collection of images that fuse documentary, landscape, and fine art photography and portraiture into a uniquely personal statement. The work, exhibited at various galleries, is all gathered in Pees on Earth; a collection of images that are at once challenging, provocative, intriguing, courageous, amusing, and beautiful. These images capture not only Jong’s rebellious exuberance, but also offer a comment on what constitutes the personal and the political. Pees on Earth is a statement about the ownership of self, of sensuality, of humanity, and of womanhood—all expressed with beauty and a great deal of humor.

There’s a sigh of relief on every page of Pees on Earth. Jong’s photographs assert her place on the planet and, because we all share the act, they assert ours too. It is a manifesto for our collective existence, a cry for all sentient beings: “I am! I pee!”

About Annie Sprinkle

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Ellen Jong picked up her first camera in her senior year at Bronx High School of Science, in her hometown of New York City. Jong's work has been published in Vogue, in Style, Surface, Anthem, and The Fader, and has been exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach, the:artist:network, Mynt Ultra Lounge, Milk Studios, and Deitch Projects. Most recently, her artistic experiments in multi-media and interactive installation have appeared in the Scope Art Fair NY in 2005. Jong lives and works in New York City. Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., is a one-of-a-kind sex expert. Over the past thirty years, she has starred in hundreds of erotic films and worked as a pinup model, erotic photographer, and sex film director. For more than a decade, she has worked primarily as a sex-life coach and conducted lectures and workshops at museums, universities, and wellness centers around the world.
Published April 27, 2006 by powerHouse Books. 112 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The captionless photos are interrupted by Jong's interview of ex-prostitute/sex maven/performance artist Annie Sprinkle, whose name may be inspired by her own public peeing performances, and who categorizes Jong's work as "post-porn:" "sex- or body-oriented material that goes beyond mainstream po...

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