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Monument to the Century of Revolutions curated by Nato ThompsonThe Viminal Space, 2017

The Viminal Space: Deportation Officers, 2016, Nina Choi., 2017
Photo: Les Demimondes: Cicciolina and Prostitution Herself, 2013, David Hawe.

Operation Snatch - Toronto, Canada

The Viminal Space explores the coerced social and legal construct of sex workers as victims or criminals, which often produces the same result; sex workers are victims if they do not agree to be criminalized, and criminals if they do not agree to be victimized. 

The Viminal Space is an interactive installation featuring the work of four distinct yet mutually supportive groups of sex work advocates, all fighting for the same goal: the decriminalization of sex work. Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network will show the process by which Asian and migrant sex workers are framed as victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and subsequently criminalized through the backdoor process of raids and deportations. Sudbury's SWANS will feature work that explores the experiences of the Northern women they service and with whom they do creative outreach, and Stella from Montréal will feature an archive of their 22 years of activism in the global fight for sex workers rights. Alex Tigchelaar from Operation Snatch, an interdisciplinary performance company that focuses on sex worker histories, will lead and curate the project and perform, every three hours, a solo version of her play Les Demimondes.

Alex Tigchelaar’s interdisciplinary artistic and advocacy practices have centered around the experiences of sex workers for twenty-five years. Since 1995, Stella l’Amie de Maimie has been providing support for sex workers in Montréal. Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network provides support for the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The Sex Work Advisory Network of Sudbury (SWANS) is a recent initiative that has already resulted in dynamic sex worker-led multidisciplinary art such as Project ArmHer.


Interactive Installation


Century of Revolutions Taking to the Streets Life on Neebahgeezis Calculating the Unforeseen Independent Projects Major Institutions Event Centre

Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West

Mature content, suitable for audiences 18+

This project is both indoors and outdoors.