I want to say “I love this photo,” how do we love photographs and yet feel and think pain at what they portray? the self-represented lives of sex workers, economically marginalized, vulnerable to violence. How does the complex and transformative power of art not replace the sense of necessity to do something differently? We face the same conundrum with Monday Art Group: how does making art contribute to changing the material conditions that give rise to the need for art? How do we not succumb to only decorating our worlds and instead really stand up and fight for change….I know it’s not an either/or but in a commodity driven world our actual lived realities and relationalities are subject to erasure. To give an example, the Monday Art Group recently received a lump of money to support the project in an ongoing way (very important). When I told the women that we received this money and asked what art supplies we should get, one woman suggested they get new running shoes. I think this would be a great art project: the refusal of art and the recognition of real need: running shoes for everyone.