July 22, 2020
‘She’d gone back to her boyfriend without enough cash,’ says one image in a powerful show that remembers the places around Hull where sex workers died. We speak to its creators
Not everyone sees the same things as they walk the city streets. For some women, unremarkable spots – a chipped and shuttered doorway, a litter-strewn graveyard, an alley by the railway tracks – have been regular places of work, and also sites of devastating violence.
This month, photographs of some of these sites have appeared on billboards and bus shelters in Hull, part of the photo project Absence of Evidence, led by the artist duo Henry/Bragg, working with a group of former street sex workers from Hull called An Untold Story: Voices. “One is the view from the corner I worked, another is the doorway I stood in when it was raining,” says Amanda Hailes. “All the photographs represent something we have experienced, lived through and survived.”