November 6, 2019: Lecture by Emi Koyama

October 29, 2019

November 6, 2019: Lecture by Emi Koyama

6:30–8:00 PM

Pacific Northwest College of Art


ASL interpretation provided

PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies Program in partnership with PICA, presents a free, public lecture by Emi Koyama, a multi-issue social justice activist, writer, and rogue intellectual. Emi often writes and speaks out about feminism, sexual and domestic violence, sex work/trade and trafficking, queer and trans liberation, and intersex and disability issues, among others.

This event is in conjunction with 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 this public lecture by writer, activist, artist, and sex worker Emi Koyama at the Pacific Northwest College of Art; 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.