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Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective/The Clothesline Project
March 4, 2019 - April 27, 2019
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with t-shirts, each designed by the survivor or in honor of a woman who has experienced violence to represent the particular woman’s personal experience.
The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman’s strength to survive, and to provide an avenue for women to courageously break the silence that often surrounds their experience. Since its inception, women from around the country and the world have participated in breaking the silence of violence by telling their stories, by hanging their shirts on a clothesline, and by making connections with other survivors.
If you are a woman or identify as a woman, and you have experienced violence, you are invited to create a t-shirt and hang it on the clothesline. If a woman in your life has experienced violence and you wish to honor her, you are invited to create a t-shirt and hang it on the clothesline. If a woman you loved or cared about has lost her life as a result of violence taken against her as a woman, you are invited to create a t-shirt and hang it on the clothesline. If a woman in your life has taken her own life as a result of the violence she has experienced in her life, you are invited to create a t-shirt and hang it on the clothesline. We hang these t-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women, impacting us and our community. And we hang these t-shirts in commitment to break the silence of violence and in support of survivors in their recovery process.
The Clothesline Project is an interactive exhibit. T-shirts and supplies for creating designs on them will be available at the Eccles Health Sciences Library from March 4 – April 27, 2019. Participate starting during Women’s Week, March 4 – 7, 2019, Noon-2:00 PM. T-shirts will be hung in the EHSL Art Gallery and throughout the Library as they are created.