Where did September go? It feels like we opened Chosen Family @ MOV just yesterday, yet so much has happened since then with the gathering of material and ideas for Sex Talk in the City. Most importantly, we’ve learned (via feedback like that above) that our visitors think we should do more shows like Chosen Family Portraits.
This is great news and it confirms our hunch that our visitors are interested in talking and learning about various aspects of sexuality as it relates to life in Vancouver. It was on this encouraging note that the research phase of Sex Talk in the City began in mid-August. This is such a great part of the exhibition process! It’s all about imagining possibilities, brainstorming with people, and locating stories and artefacts. It’s definitely a non-linear process!
This phase involves lots of reading (from scholarly publications in museum studies and social sciences to school curricula, to graphic novels and historical studies), screening films and documentaries, interviewing people in the city (nurses, writers, LGBTQ youth, historians, and teachers), and following leads. A big thanks to those who have emailed me suggestions about people I should meet or subjects the exhibition should include. I agree with those who suggested I visit sex stores: it definitely qualifies as an educational experience!
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