Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Film-Video
Competition: US & Canada
Annie Sprinkle is a feminist filmmaker with a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. She toured one-woman theater pieces, including Post Porn Modernist and Hardcore from the Heart, from 1989 to 2003 to 20+ countries. Before bridging into the art world, Sprinkle made X-rated films from 1974 to 1994. She also appeared in dozens of documentaries, B movies, and arty films. The people she met along the way shaped her involvement in social justice, human rights, and freedom of expression and she remains avidly committed to these ideals. She is heavily inspired by Fluxus. Awards include Kathy Acker Excellence in Avant-Garde, Performance Studies International Artist/Activist/Scholar Award, Tom of Finland Lifetime Achievement, and a Eureka Fellowship from Fleishhacker Foundation.
In 2002 Annie Sprinkle fell madly in love with artist Beth Stephens and has worked collaboratively with her ever since. They launched the Ecosex Movement (2008) and have been doing art experiments to make environmental activism more sexy, fun, and diverse. Career highlights include Wedding to the Sea at the Venice Biennale, being documenta 14 artists, and a screening of their documentary film Water Makes Us Wet at NY MoMA. Sprinkle’s sixth and newest book, co-authored with Beth Stephens (University of Minnesota Press), is Assuming the Ecosexual Position—Earth as Lover.
Photo Credit: Kingmond Young