I had the extreme pleasure this week of speaking to some wonderful feminist activists from as far away as India and the Phillipines.  As part of Vancouver’s Rape Relief’s Flesh Mapping project, they have brought activists from across the Pacific Rim to Vancouver to discuss the prostitution and trafficking of women.  Their project is being put on in conjunction with the WACK! show at the Vancouver Art Gallery and they have a very interesting display at Gallery Gache, where they are showing bedsheets designed by women seeking an end to prostitution. The show is fascinating and engaging (definitely likely to provoke some interesting debates and conversations!) and the women that they have in town are delightful, accomplished and dedicated.

I hope you will all have an opportunity to stop by their exhibit or the Vancouver Art Gallery while their activists are there. The details are below!

Gallery Gachet
Live Media Installation
Nov 25 – Dec 10th 2008

View the Gallery Gachet program, The Catalogue of Bedsheets.

In a new genre public art praxis, guided by four local artists: Haruko Okano, Bettina Matzkuhn, Suzanne Rutchinski and Krista Tupper and collective members from Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. Hosted by the collective at Gallery Gachet Sixty women will exhibit their view of Vancouver particulars about prostitution.

To view live streaming video of the Gallery Gachet click here. The video will be available between November 25th to December 10th from 2 to 4 pm.

The Vancouver Art Gallery
An Artful Conversation between Pacific Rim women
Nov 25-Dec 10 2008

View the Vancouver Art Gallery program for Flesh Mapping: a Feminist Conversation.

Hosted by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, 15 feminists organizers from around the Pacific Rim will gather daily for two hours in artful discussion of the conditions of women, the marketing of women, the nature of pacific trade and the connections between prostitution in Vancouver and international trafficking in girls and women. This Pacific Rim information will be linked by two-way live feed to the Vancouver installation at Gallery Gachet displayed on screens at both sites.

To view live streaming video of the Vancouver Art Gallery event click here. The video will be available between November 25th to December 10th from 2 to 4 pm.