As part of the fifth annual San Francisco Sex Worker Festival, curator Gennifer Hirano and artists Sarah Mac, Mariko Passion, Reagan Louie, Tracy Quan, Annie Chen, Surgeon Scofflaw, The Girls of Banteay Srei (Oakland, CA), and Ivy from Young Women's Empowerment Project (Chicago) have put together a titillating group visual and performance art show at Ar+space Gallery with works based on each of their personal experiences in the world of Asian sex work. The show aims to educate San Francisco about the common misconceptions of the Asian sex worker industry while "deconstructing the lines between the public and private."
The show starts tomorrow and runs through July 22, with a whole slew of various events taking place each night. The gallery will be open during "Red Light Late Night" hours (until at least 11 pm) July 14, 15, 16, 18, and 20, and by appointment on the alternating dates. If you buy a piece of artwork or an "artifact" by artists Mariko Passion, Surgeon Scofflaw, and Annie Chen, you will be privy to a unique, private, conceptual performance in a booth inside the gallery.
Here's a synopsis of the late-night gallery performances
- Sat, July 14: Asian Prostitute Sensivity Training performance, aka a "John Field Trip," starts at 6:30 pm
- Sun, July 15: Opening event and fundraiser, $20 entry, starts at 8 pm, DJ Anasia and dancing
- Mon, July 16: Buy art until 11 pm
- Wed, Jul 18: Im/migrant Issues presentation
- Frid, July 20: "Star Whores," film/video mini-fest
- Sun, July 22: Closing Reception from Noon to 4 pm
Photo by Reagan Louie