Back Stories – Anna Devia

As a society and as a culture, we love to be defined. We love labels, and we love to be able to state who and what we are. Maybe it makes us feel safe, maybe it’s “American”…?

But maybe it’s not as cut and dried as all that? Maybe, just maybe, life and who we are – our identities – are processes, with what and how we think in a constant state of flux…

But how the heck does one explain/express identity and evolution without labels?

Well, I recently had the opportunity to talk with fine art fetish photographer turned adult filmmaker, Anna Devia. In so many ways, we engaged exactly that.

Anna and I discussed her evolution as an artist thus far, her photography, and her steps into adult content production. Throughout this conversation, we also talked about meaning and authenticity as it pertains to work, art, and life. We also talked a lot about being willing to meet other persons in the middle/on their terms, especially as it relates to language, privilege, and community.

It was an amazing, insightful conversation… have a listen!!

Woosh, so much stuff!!

Anna hits on a number of things that I find really compelling – finding space in community, the possibility associated with reframing negative group elements into positive endeavors, the power of language, the power of teaching moments, and the true social change that can happen when one actively engages both.

I was especially compelled buy our discussion of language. Both during the interview and in giving this audio a pre-post listen, I was struck by the ways in which language can be used to include and exclude. It’s the ultimate dividing line and quite a tool of power (just like Foucault said…), and I loved discussing such things with a person who has really lived her life in the midst of a very conscious evolutionary process.

In fact, I would say that Anna is many (changing) things, but the one thing she embodies fully and consistently is “process.”


Visit Anna on her site, on Facebook at AnnaDeviaDotCom, and on my needy love Twitter at @AnnaDevia.

Read PVV’s review of Alpha Femmes (2011) here.

(pictured: Akira Raine and Billy Castro from Smut Revolution)

And trailers of Anna’s work!! (both of which are filled with nakedness and hard shots, FYI)

This is the trailer for Alpha Femmes


…and this is a teaser for Smut Revolution!!


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