Macedonia: CODE: RED Skopje, Lesson 1
An exhibition-performance focusing on human rights of sex workers took place in the end of 2007 in Press to Exit project space in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. In the framework of the project conceptualized by the Slovenian artist Tadej Pogacar, five high school students used the gallery walls as a school board. They repeated writing the sentence: “Sex-workers' rights are human rights”. The artist says this was the way “to emphasize the importance of education in breaking the chain of different elements that enable the societal tolerance towards human rights violations of sex workers.”
A group of sex workers and human rights activists that work closely with H.O.P.S., SWAN member from Macedonia, met with Tadej Pogacar, and informed him on the situation in Macedonia regarding human rights of sex workers.
Tadej Pogačar (1960) is the curator and artistic director of the P74 Center and Gallery in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. He is the founder and director of the P. A. R. A. S. I. T. E. Museum of Contemporary Art, a “virtual critical formation” established in 1993. Together with Italian sex workers, in the framework of an art project at the Venice Biennale, he introduced the red umbrella as the global symbol of sex workers rights movement.