A first for the forum was the inclusion of a creative work submission. First-year Fine Art students Mackenzie Fragoso and Rebecca Klotz’s I WAS, I AM, NOW I AM is a visual interpretation of experiences of sexual violence. Inspired by feminist ’70s artists Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, the work consists of three towering panels covered in large, bold words, and curves onto the floor to invade the viewer’s space.
“We wanted people to walk into our work and get a sense of overwhelming claustrophobia,” said Rebecca.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.