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“What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation — Call for Participation

“What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation — Call for Participation

staff | Jun 29, 2018

Images courtesy of Jennifer Sprague.

The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013. Created by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, the project was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I Was Wearing. Using descriptions of clothing that was worn when survivors were sexually assaulted, organizers find clothing that closely mirrors those descriptions. The descriptions and the clothing are then displayed as a challenge to the notion that what people are wearing causes sexual violence. The exhibit at Ohio University will be open for viewing from August 30, 2018 - September 13, 2018 in the Trisolini Gallery on the 4th floor of Baker, and is supported by the Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Campus Involvement Center, the College of Fine Arts, Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, and Intersectional Feminist Alliance.

“Arts-based practice is a powerful way of communicating these experiences so that we think of sexual assault as beyond statistics and as representing actual people. This program is a continuation of our commitment to that type of communication that we saw demonstrated in The Monument Quilt display in Peden Stadium in October 2017,” said M. Geneva Murray, director of the Women’s Center at OHIO.

“What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation

Images courtesy of Jennifer Sprague.

Find out more about the exhibit at University of Kansas by reading the Huffington Post article by Alanna Vagianos "Art Exhibit Powerfully Answers The Question ‘What Were You Wearing?’ 

Participants Needed:

You're invited to participate in the project by submitting a description of what you were wearing when you were sexually assaulted. The collection of these stories (when submitted through the link below) has received an exemption from mandatory reporting. Disclosures of incidents of sexual misconduct through this form will not be considered notice to Ohio University. Resource information for those who would like to report is provided in the online form. To participate, please use this online form.

For more information about Ohio University’s “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation, please contact M. Geneva Murray at or 740-593-9625.

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OHIO “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation
August 30, 2018 - September 13, 2018 
Trisolini Gallery on the 4th floor of Baker

August 30th: 6–8 p.m., Opening Reception in the Trisolini Gallery
September 5th: 5:30 p.m., a panel discussion in Baker Ballroom A. Questions will be collected in a box in the exhibit leading up to the night.


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