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Alex Tigchelaar has been a sex worker rights activist for over twenty-five years. Her output as an advocate is arts-based: with her companies The Scandelles and Operation Snatch she has produced plays, cabarets, museum installations, street performances, films, visual art, and digital content that center the present conditions and histories of sex workers. She is an active volunteer at Stella, l’amie de Maimie where she assists primarily with creative outreach.

Alex is an interdisciplinary doctoral student at Concordia University.

Enfin une place pur toi (Finally a Place for You)

Enfin une place pour toi (Finally a Place for You) focuses on sex work and the built environment in Montreal. Through the recording of sex worker oral histories, it makes such inquiries as: how is Montréal’s tourism industry permitted to exploit the city’s sex working past while sex workers in the present remain criminalized? How is it that gentrifying neighbourhoods enthusiastically host creative representations of sex work while real sex workers are considered an unwelcome presence? How do sex workers imagine their futures when dominant narratives continuously situate them in the past? Alex’s research is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC grant.