Andrea Fraser, video still from “Untitled” (2003)
This silent video consists of the sexual encounter between Fraser and the collector of the work, who has agreed and paid for the first edition DVD. The work can be understood to equate the sale of a work of art with prostitution, but the issues of power, control, and sex at play in the piece are deeply complicated. In examining the relationships between of the body and the personal and how they are commodified, this piece opens up very complex questions regarding agency, gender, feminism. The sale of DVDs of the encounter further complicates the notion of commodity, as Fraser discusses (among much more) in a 2004 interview in the Brooklyn Rail.