WHAT WERE YOU WEARING?
Survivor Art Exhibit
View the 2020 virtual exhibit (Instagram)
"What were you wearing?" It is an easy question to ask. However, the cost of such a question is high for a survivor of assault. This cost is paid not only though their dreaded answer but also through the burden of self-blame.
These installations will ask viewers to recognize that it was never about the clothing, and that act of shedding those clothes could never provide enough peace or comfort to survivors. Abuse is not attached to the fabrics shed, but will become woven into the survivor's story. These exhibits ask observers to evaluate what enabled us as individuals or as a society to ever question, "What were you wearing?".
Please practice self-care and contact the UNI Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676 or the Riverview Center at (888) 557-0310 for additional support.
What will it look like?
This exhibit will display replications of outfits from stories of student survivors alongside a message from the survivor.
What can you do?
If you would like to share your story with our campus community, please fill out this survey. Submissions received will be included in April 2021 installations.