The Whitewashing Of The Red Lights

Does the issue of Beauty vs Ugliness apply in the world’s most notorious pleasure quarter?

01 March 2010
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © ABHIMANYU SINGH & ALETTA ANDRÉ
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © ABHIMANYU SINGH & ALETTA ANDRÉ

“A special neighbourhood/ Free and intense/ It is living/ You are human there.”

Mariska Majoor, 2005.

Marianne, who owns an antique shop on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, received the porcelain figurine as a joke gift and was told not to sell it. But when Claire, an artist, came by the shop and asked for an ugly object to beautify, she gave it away.

Keywords: Drugs Abhimanyu Singh Aletta Andre Amsterdam Red Light District brothels De Wallen ugly objects
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