Author: Dina Ginzburg

REDress Project Demands Contemplation at UofT

From March 16th to March 22nd, the University of Toronto played host to Jaimie Black’s REDress Project art installation. Red dresses hung from trees to serve as a reminder of the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women across North America. As of late March, the dresses have remained hanging in their locations of installation. The Strand reached out to artist, Jamie Black for a comment on the project’s success, recognition, and the decision to leave the piece up, but have yet to hear back.   Black is a resident in the Women and Gender studies institute at U of T. The residency is hosting the REDress Project and Conversations with the Land—the latter exhibits themes of nature, performance, and installation in order to expose the relationship of land and the body.   The REDress Project addresses sub issues of history, gender, place, identity, and resistance through photography, installation, sculpture, and print.   First put up in Winnipeg in 2010, every piece in the installation is a donation. The REDress Project is presented alongside other elements of Black’s artist residency, including lectures, a performance, a charitable silent auction, and interviews. The central location for the dresses is Philosopher’s Walk, a paved footpath that cuts through the campus from Hoskin Avenue to Bloor Street West. Chosen for its history of having once been a creek and a meeting place for Indigenous...

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New university policy draft spells stronger support for victims of sexual violence

In the face of the recently instated Sexual Violence Policy Act, the University of Toronto has released its new Sexual Violence Policy draft. Key changes to the way assault and harassment have been handled in the past include the introduction of the Sexual Violence and Prevention Centre, which will serve as a centralized and standardized system for reporting, triage, and support. It appears the University has made an effort to be transparent about its new policies. The draft is easy to follow with minimal legal jargon to wade through. The full document can be found through the Provost’s website....

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