Art Collective Launches 'Pornceptual' Magazine

Aug 12, 2015 10:45 AM PST

BERLIN — Two year-old collective “Pornceptual” has launched its first magazine in an effort to bring the shrinking print magazine back by portraying porn as art.

What began as an online gallery, the collective is presenting itself as a “pornifesto” that says, “Pornceptual presents pornography as queer, diverse and inclusive. We aim to prove that pornography can be respectful, intimate and artistic, while questioning usual pornographic labels. ‘Can art succeed where porn fails — to actually turn us on?’

The creators aim to “challenge stereotypes, fight misconceptions and propose new meanings for pornography" by accepting submissions from professionals and amateurs alike and asks only five photos to be sent for consideration.

In its vision statement the creators said their main goal is to create an open space for everyone that’s interested in facing the real and sexual side of the human body through art.

“Far from being based on social acceptable concepts, we are looking to find original meanings to what does art, sexuality and pornography stand for and how it can be related. We believe that pornography is not about self-identification, but rather about interaction.”

The staff invites its audience to question the usual representations and be more participative and reflexive about porn.

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