The pop-up museum consisted of only a handful of displays, but I felt each one was powerful in its own way.  A pop-up museum is a great way to get people hooked in to come and browse exhibits. People love the excitement and the short timeline associated with these museums. I thought it was interesting that a lot of the items were donated from the Kinsey Institute right down the street.

My favorite piece was by Sarah Jenny Bleviss and Michelle Temple, the “In Memoriam” patchwork quilt. Sex work is a very real phenomena occurring globally as well as in our country. People that consent to a career in sex work are often punished. And people that are coerced into sex work are often ignored. The quilt shows that sex work can be seen in multiple age ranges and is not strictly limited to any race or ethnicity. The missing names show that in some places, it didn’t seem worth it to the officials to find out who the people were whose lives were taken.

I like that art can be used to make a statement that could potentially change our world. Any path to getting more people to pay attention to important issues like sexual slavery and abuse are critical. It is pieces like this that are so powerful and can speak to people who have never considered sex work as a problem in our society. It forces people to have conversations that may be uncomfortable and eliminates the ignorance in communities. I think it is important to protect lives and speak up for those who are not capable of speaking for themselves. Many of the people represented in the quilt likely had no way of escaping their situation. It is unfair that someone could make a person do things against their will, but it is more unfair that people with the resources to make a change are ignorant to the world of sex work or not educated enough about the topic to make a difference.

– Parisa Mansoori

the artist has some lovely pieces you can check out on her blog if you liked her installation at the museum:

Sarah Jenny Blog