Story of O, 2013
Story of O is an explicit text about love, dominance, and submission. The novel follows O, a glamorous fashion photographer in Paris, as she willingly objectifies herself and becomes a sexual slave. In Story of O, I have appropriated Réage's text and have directly challenged the theme of agency in the novel by removing the sentence subjects and the possessive pronouns. By removing the sentence subjects, I remove the agents from the story; by removing the possessive pronouns, I remove any sense of ownership or possession one thing may have of any other thing. What remains in the text are objects and actions operating in a void, un-tethered to any agent or owner.
Based on Pauline Réage's Story of O, this video references the training that O, the titular protagonist in the novel, undergoes to become a sexual slave. After she has completed the first stage of her training, the rules that will govern the rest of her life are dictated to her — she must be available for anyone who may wish to use her, and she may never again cross her legs or close her lips.