Lines of Thought I

Authored by: WAG Staff on March 17, 2014

Miri Nishri, Esther--Queen of the Swamp, 2009

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women & Art is an exhibition currently on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Featuring the work of more than 30 international artists, this exhibition endeavours to focus attention on and raise awareness about violence experienced by women world-wide and succeeds in fostering dialogue about this complex issue through art. Given the thought-provoking and emotional nature of the exhibition we have hung a series of clotheslines in one of the galleries and have been inviting visitors to share their thoughts, comments and stories by writing them down and then pinning the card to one of these “lines of thought”.

We have been overwhelmed and moved by the often very personal stories that have been shared. These anonymously left messages speak to the pervasiveness of gender-based violence right here in Winnipeg and have opened our eyes to the need for increased awareness and change in our own communities.

We have been considering for some time what to do with these messages. Out of respect to those who left the message and the intention to reach out and create connection to a wider audience we’ve decided to scan the cards and post them here. This is the first in a series of weekly posts that will feature select messages left on the Lines of Thought. Unfortunately we don’t have the space to post every single message, there are simply too many, but thank you to everyone who has left their thoughts, comments and stories. We have been touched by your openness and your strength.

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women & Art runs until April 20.


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