- 2018 Commissioned by Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay Lesbian Art for On Our Backs: The Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work. curator Alexis Heller.
- 2019 Exhibition at Leslie Lohman Museum
- 2020 shown at Sex Worker Pop-up by Open Society Foundations, held in conjunction with the UN Conference on the Status of Women. Curated by Alexi Heller
- 2020 “InVocation” in juried exhibition Introductions 2020 at Root Division, San Francisco. Exhibition Catalog https://issuu.com/rootdivision/docs/intro2020_catalogue
- 2022 “InVocation” for the exhibition On Our Backs: Revolutionary Art of Queer Sex Work at The Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, New York.
Video of Midori inviting queer sex workers for their totemic objects to include in the piece
- Cecilia Tan reflects on writing, sexwork, and InVocation https://blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/3459
- Photo documentation by Andi Avery https://www.amandabrookeavery.com/portfolio/invocation/
- Ladies’ Rub Club And The Sex Workers’ Pop-Up At The End Of The World https://creatrixmag.com/sex-workers-pop-up-at-the-end-of-the-world/
- ArtNet News. Sex Workers of the World, Unite: A Pop-Up Museum in New York Is Dedicated to Practitioners of the Oldest Profession. The pop-up is advocating for sex worker human rights. By Sarah Cascone, March 10, 2020 https://news.artnet.com/art-world/museum-sex-workers-1798545
- HuffPost CULTURE & ARTS. A NYC Sex Work Exhibit Aims To Shatter Stigma Around The World’s Oldest Profession. The colorful pop-up museum, located in Greenwich Village, aims to reframe dialogue around sex work and advocate for its practitioners. By Curtis M. Wong Mar 12, 2020 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-york-sex-workers-pop-up-exhibition_n_5e67fcf4c5b6670e73001674
- Hyperallergic. Art Reviews A Deliciously Transgressive and Strikingly Vulnerable Ode to Queer Sex Work. Declaring a pro-sex, pro-porn stance off the bat, On Our Backs presents diverse notions of intimacy, in sex work and the communal art and advocacy that spring from it. by Cassie Packard. November 4, 2019 https://hyperallergic.com/526123/a-deliciously-transgressive-and-strikingly-vulnerable-ode-to-queer-sex-work/
InVocation Wall Text Artist Statement Root Division 2020
2019 – 2020
InVocation is about collective memory and the ritual of letting go. The curtain is a literal web of hemp rope commonly used in theater, as well as in sex work involving Shibari.
A porousness dividing spaces in workers, performers and consumers boundaries. Emblematic of the actual backstage, changing rooms, and club or hotel bathrooms where sex workers prepare and transform into their performative work personae, the viewer is invited to walk into and experience that private space.
In Kyoto, there is a ceremony of blessing and retiring broken hair combs. Many cities and towns in Japan have similar memorial rituals at temples and shrines for broken sewing needles which served the workers and the makers. The hair combs and sewing needles, essential tools of the courtesans of the Floating World, as well as various other sex workers, costume makers, and the like. The comb and the needles are imbued with spirit and animus magic and given proper memorial and blessings before being retired. In Midori’s InVocation, the rope monument is woven through out with totemic objects donated by queer sex workers (both former and current) – dearly held objects which served and accompanied the owners as they performed their labor and industry.
(Originally commissioned for “On Our Backs” exhibtion, by Leslie Lohman Museum of Art. 2019 )
If you are a current / former sex workder with emotionally significant totemic objects from your labor that you would like to give a new life as part of future iterations of InVocation, please contact Midori at email@example.com