In Addition: 5 years of Grassroots Power with Buttefly is a community and process-based exhibit grounded upon the stories of members from Butterfly, an Asian and migrant sex workers support network organization in Toronto and beyond. This exhibit showcases the history of activism, advocacy, and support work done over the past years in response to the barriers, violence, discrimination, and challenges Asian and migrant sex workers face. The artworks created build out a multi-dimensional and layered temporality, countering conventional narratives of agency and labour, and asks us all to actively listen to the stories that speak beyond their work.
Elene has advocated for the sex workers, migrant, labour and gender justice for almost 20 years. She is the founder and director of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network). Her strong belief in social justice and community organizing drives her to build community and social movement. She has organized different community art projects because she finds that art is powerful activism, e.g. The sex workers’ film festival in Hong Kong; The Viminal Space in Nuit Blanche and AGO; The Art of Activism in Seattle.
Exhibition Curator & Consultant
Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley has presented work at various galleries and festivals including the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, M:ST Performance Arts Festival, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Alvis completed a Master of Environmental Studies at York University in 2016, with a focus in Performance as Pedagogy and Community Transformation. Alvis has worked with Butterfly since 2015.
Kelly is a community arts facilitator who is interested in building transformative change through cross-community relationships and art-based practices. She predominantly works with digital media and can often be found with multiple cameras.
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5 years of Grassroots Power with Butterfly
26 Apr 2020
170 St. Helens Ave.
Daily from 12-5pm and by appointment
Guided Tours Available.
April 18, 4-7pm
– This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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– In case of any changes or cancellation we will notify you via email well in advance.
– Video and photography will be taken at this event.