Lidia Ravviso

Photo: Erika Lust Movies

Lidia Ravviso is a film director, producer, curator and sex-practices’ enthusiast based in London. She cultivates an interdisciplinary approach to BDSM to explore erotic empowerment and turn it into a transformative and accessible tool for everyone.
In 2011 she joined the collective “Girls of Porn”, a group of Italian directors and artists who share the urge to talk about sexuality and pornography from a personal point of view. In 2015 she directed Insight, her first adult movie that participated in several international film festivals, and won the best short film prize at the Hacker Porn Film Festival in 2017.
She is one of the guest directors of XConfessions (Erika Lust movies) for which she has directed two short films and collaborates as a talent manager and video editor on other projects.
Since 2019, she has been the artistic director of ‘Uncensored festival’, a three-day programme focused on pornography, art and activism, involving more than 30 international artists in screenings, talks, live art and workshops.
As part of ‘Uncensored 2020’ programme, she co-curated a three-day programme of workshops on sex-practices, BDSM and Shibari, and a screening on queer pornography at ICA of London. She’s the co-curator of the London Fetish Film Festival and part of the collective ‘Trascendency ropes’ in which she develops her research on Shibari at the intersection of visual arts.

Workshops


LET'S BE THE FUCKING WORLD - YOU'RE HOT – PART I

Lidia Ravviso 
English with translation

Photo: From 'We are the fucking world' by Olympe de G (Erika Lust productions/XConfessions)

If we consider porn to be a genre for adult entertainment we pretty much lack a definition of what is ‘ethical’ or even what 'good pornography' is.
'Ethical’ would be better defined by the process behind the creation of a movie rather than by its content, making sure that the performers can work in a safe and respectful environment.
Pornography is a performance and if put in a proper context, viewers can see it for what it is.
The pornography that I like is a place where we can explore sexual imagery that transcends the mainstream industry's dictates and heteronormative narratives, and where cinematic values and the diversity of pleasure - and its representation - can be expressed.
After having experienced film productions that embrace an 'ethical' approach to pornography, I started to reflect on what I learnt on set about consent, fantasy, power, and intimacy; on how to develop it into 'good practices' for performers and directors, and make it an accessible and empowering tool for everyone.
In the safe space of this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to share and confront different experiences of intimacy, power dynamics and sexual identities, whilst playfully exploring sexual fantasies.
Some scenarios scare us; others make us feel powerful. We can find subversive ways of staging them collectively, moving beyond predominantly white male-oriented traditional porn narrative.
Let's connect and play by sinking into our senses and creativity and bringing to life the porn act of our dreams.
The workshop is divided into two parts, each of which can be followed independently.

In the first part we'll practice movement, breath, sensual embodiment and BDSM play, and we'll open a conversation about our sexual fantasies, connecting with the others and meeting each other with curiosity and respect.
We'll create a safe space in which we can slow down, relax, and open up to our emotions and senses in a creative framework.
In this first part of the workshop, we'll primarily experience bodywork, although some of the exercises might involve touch and sensual exploration.

WHAT TO BRING:
· Comfortable clothes
· Water bottle
· A blanket/towel
· Your sex toys
· Notebook and pen
· Costumes, lingerie, masks, toys, make-up, any prop turns your fantasy on (specifically for the second part)


LET'S BE THE FUCKING WORLD - THE PORN REINASSANCE – PART II

Lidia Ravviso
English with translation

Thomas Couture - Los Romanos de la Decadencia (Museo de Orsay, 1847)

In the second part (90') we'll explore our fantasies in-depth and bring them to life with others in a playful and safe space.
Through the 'alphabet of porn,' we'll reflect on the categories and clichès of traditional porn and we'll work together to put new and subversive narratives in action.
We'll set up different porn scenarios leading to a choral (and sexually explicit) tableau vivant that will be captured on one polaroid photo (subject to the participants' consent).
No other filming will be allowed, in order to respect the participants' privacy.
In this part of the workshop, sex may be involved, but you are free to leave the group and the space at any moment and for as long as you you need it.
You may also chat with me or my collaborator at any point in the activity.

· WHAT TO BRING
· Comfortable clothes
· Water bottle
· A blanket/towel
· Your sex toys
· Notebook and pen
· Costumes, lingerie, masks, toys, make-up, any prop turns your fantasy on (specifically for the second part)


en_GBEnglish (UK)
it_ITItaliano en_GBEnglish (UK)
Scroll to Top

By continuing to use the site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and the use of cookies. more

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. We care about your personal data and minimize its usage as written down in our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close