Pandemic Peep Show
Pandemic Peepshow Art Book is a radiant celebration and commemoration that illuminates the unstoppable ferocity and resourcefulness of strippers during the global pandemic and beyond. It contains original photos, quotes by performers, and shows the work strippers do, from DIY stages to ring lights, green screens, prep rituals, and intimate scrolling-between-sets moments.
“A work of great beauty and power. In the future, when organizers look back into the archive for guidance, Crane’s Pandemic Peepshow will show how strippers created culture, provided pleasure, and fought for survival, through a pandemic and on the shop floor. A tour de force!”
—CHRIS BELCHER, author of Pretty Baby
“Antonia Crane’s luscious, sensual art book, Pandemic Peep Show, gives us an intimate look, through gorgeously woven, richly hued photos and text, into the lives of sex workers during the most ravaging economic time in recent history. Wry, radical, sexy, necessary.”
—LIZZIE BORDEN, director of Born in Flames and Working Girls
“What Antonia Crane reveals is staggering—the exploitive conditions and general disregard for the welfare of strippers. By elucidating the profound intimacy and eloquent links between sex workers and femmes, Antonia gifts us a better understanding of the complexity and lived experience of these beautiful warriors.”
—ZACKARY DRUCKER, co-director of The Lady and the Dale, and Producer of This is Me,Disclosure, and the TV series Transparent