Sex Militant is a conviction, action, and coalition developed by Satanic iconoclast Jex Blackmore in collaboration with a collective of artists and activists committed to sexual revolution and liberation through performance, advocacy, and direct action. In a premiere exhibition hosted by Co-Prosperity Sphere, Sex Militant, investigates the uncomfortable relationship between eroticism and state-violence, and considers the aesthetics of resistance and collective organizing as a means of social, sexual, and political liberation. Over the past five years, Blackmore has presented her ideas challenging theocratic moral policy on national news, documentary film, in classrooms, and in public spaces. She has been labeled a radical terrorist, feminist icon, and religious heretic. In this new work, Blackmore responds to the framework of respectability politics, counterculture fetishization, and the sin of apathy in the context of collective revolutionary actions. A departure from political street theater, Blackmore works with the collective to develop an immersive space which layers durational performance, sound, and protest art that creates a live interactive spectacle to encourage viewers to consider unacknowledged acts of resistance and submission.
The two-night event opens with an evening of durational performance and multi-media installation and closes with a participatory ritual performance the following night. Those who would like to attend the ritual performance must RSVP in advance. The ritual will center on healing and collective power, providing a balance to the tension and aggression expressed during the opening night.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
Installation + Performance Participatory Ritual
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM
ABOUT JEX BLACKMORE
Jex Blackmore is best known for her performances in public spaces ranging from the steps of state capitols to outside women’s health clinics. Her work, which is focused on the relationship between moral religious rhetoric, sexuality, and political policy, takes aim at institutions of social and sexual oppression. She has been featured in numerous publications such as TIME, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, NPR, Cosmopolitan, and Salon. In 2015, she organized the largest Satanic gathering in history to unveil The Satanic Temple’s Baphoment monument, which was featured on CNN’s “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” Her reproductive healthcare advocacy has ranged from disrupting anti-choice demonstrations using gallons of milk, writing about her personal abortion experience in the viral blog entitled “Unmother,” and debating the Westboro Baptist Church. Her work is featured in the Magnolia Picture’s documentary, Hail Satan?, which was an official selection at Sundance 2019. www.jexblackmore.com
ABOUT SEX MILITANT
Sex Militant is a project developed by a collective of artists and activists committed to sexual revolution and liberation through performance, advocacy, and direct action. To be Sex Militant is to be fiercely committed to the advancement of sexual and reproductive liberation. Sex Militants are networked for action and empowered to shamelessly advocate for the protection, respect, and fulfillment of sexual rights for all people. www.sexmilitant.com