November 9, 2019
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
12:00 PM – Release Party: Working It
Arrive early to eat, drink, and peruse archival displays of printed ephemera by sex worker groups. Be one of the first to pick up your limited edition copy of Working It, a publication of critical and creative writing and art by sex workers. Edited and published by STROLL PDX; designed and printed in collaboration with visiting artist Rose Nordin at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). During this event STROLL PDX, Rose Nordin, and PICA will make a brief introduction to the publication and its history, speak to the production process, and recognize contributors to this special edition.
Complimentary refreshments will be served. All proceeds from the sale of Working It will benefit STROLL PDX.
12:30–1:30 PM – Artist Talk: Rose Nordin (London, UK)
Visiting artist Rose Nordin (London, UK) has collaborated with STROLL PDX to design and print a special edition of their publication, Working It, in partnership with Portland’s IPRC, and on the occasion of PICA’s exhibition and symposium, No Human Involved: The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show. Nordin’s artist talk will highlight her practice in graphic design, illustration, self-publishing, and education, including the co-founding and curation of projects such as Rabbits Road Press, a community Risograph printing press; One of My Kind (OOMK) Zine, a publication about women, art, and activism; and DIY Cultures, one of the UK’s largest independent publishing fairs.
2:00–3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Collaboration Across Communities
Kat Salas and Matilda Bickers of STROLL PDX, Rose Nordin of Rabbits Road Press and OOMK Zine, and Roya Amirsoleymani of PICA discuss their collaborative curatorial and organizing processes behind No Human Involved: The 5th Annual Sex Workers’ Art Show and STROLL’s publication, Working It. This conversation will touch on questions of communication, power, and resources across institutional and grass-roots economies, international cultural contexts, and the relationship of activism and community organizing to contemporary art, design, and publishing.
Moderated by Shawna Lipton Chair MA Critical Studies Program, Pacific Northwest College of Art
3:00–4:00 PM – Performance, BONED: Survival and the Sexual Revolution, by Philip Edward King
Produced originally for the Schemers, Scammers, & Subverters Symposium (February 2019), BONED sets out to catalogue sex work as it exists in its many forms today, and to expose some of the abuses faced by those working in the world’s oldest profession—an industry which remains taboo and controversial, but which is indispensable to contemporary conversations related to sexuality, public health, criminality, human rights, and labor rights. (Run Time: 45 minutes)
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.