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Pees on Earth
by Ami Kealoha
on 19 January 2006
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In one of Tom Robbins' famously trippy diatribes, he theorizes that humans were invented by water as a means of transport. The mythology of pee is one way to read New York-born photographer Ellen Jong's photo-essay, Pees on Earth, a document of her worldwide outdoor pissing project. Another is as a practice in the spirit of Duchamp, a giggly, slightly subversive appropriation of public space that re-codes the way we see and experience our everyday environs and the mundane act of peeing. Of course, Jong's act also is an inherently feminist one and not without references to pornography (the book includes an interview with legendary San Francisco-based porn star and performance artist Annie Sprinkle). Above all, Pees on Earth is a coffee table tome filled with full-bleed photos that range in tone from lyrical to violent — all shot in a fresh, first-person style. Currently building a pee pod called "The Ladies Room" with photo capabilities for the book launch, Jong's pee party's not over. Check out more images after the jump.

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