Hana Jakrlova‘s website has not been loading for the past week, but it’s linked for future reference in hopes we’re able to access it in the near future. Fortunately, her “Big Sister” project caught people’s attention (and still is), so her photos for this series can be found on various sites.
For her project, which was published into a book in 2010, Jakrlova explored Prague’s erotic club, Big Sister, which closed the same year (though the events are not reported to be connected). However, the videos are archived and still up on the site.
The live online streaming of prostitutes having sex with their clients caused photographer Hana Jakrlova to question who plays who when the act is experienced via web, according to Wired.
As reported by Wired, Jakrlova believes “because the internet viewers are the only ones who are financially involved, it changes their role in the relationship…In many ways it makes the viewers the johns and makes the real johns part of the prostitution.” Online viewers had to pay a fee of 29.95 Euros a month, according to Prague-Life. Prostitution is legal in The Czech Republic.
She claims in her artist statement the question of whether viewers are engaging in simple “voyeurism” or becoming “prostitutes of the visitors themselves…shatters the fine line between virtual and actual realities.” (I got this from her site before it was having problems).
Wired also quoted the photographer, stating, “instead of enhancing our lives, the process of sharing online is banalizing our experiences to a certain degree. It takes a conscious effort certainly on my part to be not be wrapped into it and to keep perspective.”