November 7, 2019: Panel Discussion, The Politics of Desire
6:30–8:00 PM
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Sober Program, No Alcohol
This event will have ASL interpretation.

Centering the voices of artists who are current and former sex workers, this panel will debunk common myths and misconceptions in sex work politics, and illuminate related topics, issues, and debates, including decriminalization vs. legalization; sex work in the age of internet, technology, and social media; feminism, sex positivity, and empowerment; SESTA-FOSTA; and sex trafficking’s relationship to sex work.

Moderated by Kat Salas (STROLL PDX), Co-Curator of No Human Involved, with Sathya (Bay Area), Juicebox (New Orleans), Christina Najera of The Stripper Project (Portland), and Leslie Bull (King County, WA).

Symposium: Art, Activism, & Publishing in Sex Work
In conjunction with the exhibition No Human Involved: The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show, this series of free, public programs will explore the intersection of art, activism, and independent publishing, with a particular focus on sex workers and their communities. The exhibition and accompanying symposium are co-curated by Kat Salas and Matilda Bickers of STROLL PDX and Roya Amirsoleymani of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

Featured events include a public lecture by writer, activist, artist, and sex worker Emi Koyama in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MA in Critical Studies Program; a panel discussion with artists who are sex workers on current topics and debates in connection with sex work; and the release of a special edition of Working It, a compilation of critical and creative writing by sex workers that will be collaboratively designed and printed at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) by STROLL PDX and guest artist Rose Nordin (London, UK), who will also give an artist talk about her practice in design, self-publishing, and DIY cultures. The symposium will conclude with a closing conversation among STROLL, PICA, and Rose Nordin on questions of collaboration, creative process, and community responsiveness in contemporary art projects that seek to span sites and spaces of social and cultural difference.