Témoigner pour agir took place over a six-week period from November 29th, 2017, to January 21st, 2018. The program included not only the exhibition, but also a series of conferences, guided tours, and creative workshops. These activities took place at the Maison de la culture Frontenac, the Frontenac Library, and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Activities were available in French, English and Quebec Sign Language (LSQ). To download our program, please click here.

Témoigner pour agir exhibition

Professional artists

  • Eloisa Aquino, Fanzine, Pajubá, 2014
  • Ianna Book, Digital media installation, OK Lucid, 2015
  • Kevin Crombie, Artist's book, Gloss, 2017
  • Addéli Falef, Digital media and photography, Et j'en passe, 2017
  • Shan Kelley, Writing, photography, Count me out, 2013, et Growing Concern, 2015
  • Ins A Kromminga, Multimedia drawing in installation in situ, Ancestors, 2008-2017
  • Grace Van Ness, Video installation, How Sweet the Sound, 2017
  • Richard Sawdon Smith, Photographic series, Eating the Ribbon, 2008, and The Anatomical Man, 2009 à 2017

Community Art Projects

  • My Body, My Story, 2015-2016, Body mappings compositions made by women living with HIV (International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS [ICW+])
  • Arm Her, Video projection and installation, 2017. Created by Sex Workers Advisory Network Sudbury [SWANS]
  • The Pink Room, Personal artifacts in installation, 2017. Created by sex workers from Montreal (Stella) with the artist Chloé Surprenant.
  • Between us, oil on canvas, 2007. Created by people living with HIV/AIDS (COCQ-SIDA) during the meeting « Between Us» (2007) with the artist Daniel-Claude Gendron.
  • Centre de lutte contre l'oppression des genres Posters, 2017. Posters as artifacts representing the struggles led by the Center.
  • GRIS-Montréal, Installation, GRIS-Montréal, 2017.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Conference - Immersion into the HIV Body: Politics of Representation, A Personal Perspective. Richard Sawdon Smith

Saturday, the 2nd of December 2017, 3 to 4:30 PM
Maison de la culture Frontenac, Theatre

Testimonial of his own story through photographic self-portraiture, Richard Sawdon Smith, presented recent work that allows the viewer to travel through his HIV-infected body with virtual reality technology. This perspective aimed to break down one of the biggest issues still facing people living with HIV/AIDS today: stigma.


Performance and Panel – Post C-36: Still Battling to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sunday, the 17th of December 2017, 3 to 4:30 PM
Maison de la culture Frontenac, Theatre

On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Témoigner pour Agir gathered experts from artistic, community and academic milieus: Alexandra Tigchelaar (Sasha Von Bon Bon); Grace Van Ness; Jenn Clamen; et Viviane Namaste. They will deliver a key message about ending violence in the current Canadian legal framework, post Bill C-36 [Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (2014)], particularly against women, transgender persons and racialized individuals who are working in the sex industry.


Closing Conference – Intersex People Finding Their Voice: Rising From Shame, Stigma, and Speechlessness. Ins A Kromminga

Friday, the 19th of January 2018, 7 to 8:30PM
UQAM, Marie-Gérin-Lajoie Hall

The intersex activist and artist, Ins A Kromminga, explored the emergence, in public spaces, of voices, language, and testimonials from intersex people. Drawing on personal artworks and other projects arising from within the activist intersex movement, Kromminga analyzed how these voices, historically and socially silenced by the predominance of a medical approach that pathologizes and exoticises intersex people, can be the source of a global movement for change.

Meeting the Artists

Témoigner pour Agir : The Artist Book with Eloisa Aquino and Kevin Crombie

Saturday, January 6th, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Frontenac Library

This artist talk was an opportunity for two artists, Eloisa Aquino and Kevin Crombie, both exhibiting book works in Témoigner pour Agir, to engage in a dialogue with the public, the exhibition co-curator Jamie W. Goodyear and GRIS-Montréal, about testimonials in artist's book form, as well as issues experienced by people who are marginalized because of their sexuality, gender or body.


Témoigner pour Agir : Textual Work with Ianna Book and Shan Kelley
Saturday, January 13th, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Frontenac Library

This artist talk was an opportunity for two artists, Ianna Book and Shan Kelley, both exhibiting textual work in Témoigner pour Agir, to engage in a dialogue with the public, the exhibition co-curator Jamie W. Goodyear and the Center for Gender Advocacy, about artistic testimonials that text-based, and the power of words in adressing issues of relevance to people who are marginalized because of their sexuality, gender or body.

Book Launch

Le témoignage sexuel et intime, un levier de changement social? (ed. Mensah), PUQ, in the series Problèmes sociaux et intervention sociale.

Thursday, December 7th, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Room DS-1950, UQAM

This collection of 15 articles mobilizes scientific and field knowledge, as well as excerpts from seven interviews conducted with members of sexual and gender communities in Quebec, who have devlivered a public testimonial. The authors are from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, articulate the theoretical and methodological milestones for understanding how testimonials about sexuality and one's intimate life may act as important tools for social change.

Study Days

Study day: Emerging Perspectives from Students and Researchers

Thursday, January 11th, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Room DS-1950, UQAM

This study day was focused on the points of view of emerging scholars, students and researchers in the area of testimonial cultures. Organised as a 'Master Class', students and presentors had an opportunity to discuss their work with experts in Feminist Studies, Social Work, Sexology, Art History, Visual Arts, Sociology and Queer Theory. Confirmed speakers include: Jamie W. Goodyear (Art Studies and Practice), Véronique Larose (Social Work), Claude G. Olivier (Art History) and Clark Pignedoli (Sociology).


Study Day: Testimonials and Community Art Projects

Thursday, January 18th, 2017, from 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Room DS-1950, UQAM

This day consisted of presentations by artists and community groups exhibiting in Témoigner pour Agir and open discussions with the public. Speakers will adress the production and reception processes involved in making Mon corps, mon histoire (International Communiyy of Women Living With HIV), ArmHer (Sex Workers' Alliance of Sudbury) Installation Stella (Stella l'amie de Maimie) et Entre nous (Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le VIH/sida).

Cultural Mediations

Guided tour followed by creative workshop

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:25 pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2017, from 1:00 to 2:25 pm
Maison de la culture Frontenac

Two guided tours, developed by the exhibition team, allowed a discussion with the public on intimate, social and the political storytelling of Témoigner pour Agir, followed by creative workshop with an artist facilitator at the Frontenac Library.


Barbada's storytelling

Saturday, January 11, 2018, from 11:00 am to 12:00
Bibliothèque Frontenac

The Drag queen Barbada told stories to children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by their parents at the Bibliothèque Frontenac.


Books in library
For Témoigner pour Agir, Frontenac Library made available books addressing the exhibition's themes to all audiences.