Clothesline Project with YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley
Inspired by Women In Transition’s Clothesline Project, the YWCA worked with their clients to make their own shirts that will be displayed in the 3rd-floor lobby at the KMA.
On view at the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley First Friday, February 2 .
ABOUT THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT—
The Clothesline Project is a worldwide initiative started in the 1990s as a direct way to address violence against women. The first Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in 1990 when a member of the Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that during the time that 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by men who claimed to love them. Individuals affected by violence decorate t-shirts with words and drawings that express their feelings, then hang the shirts on a clothesline in a public place, acting as a testimony to their experiences.
The title of Carmen Winant’s exhibition, A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures, is inspired by a shirt created in the 90s during Women In Transition’s Clothesline Project, whose handwritten text reads: “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.” These shirts demonstrate the potential of art as a therapeutic process as well as a tool for social justice advocacy.
If you would like to contribute to the YWCA Knoxville & Tennessee Valley’s Clothesline Project please join us on Sunday February 18, 1-4 for An Afternoon to Honor Voices of Courage. Survivors of all types of violence are invited to create t-shirts to hang in the KMA garden for a special one-day exhibit. The YWCA will create a supportive and intentional environment with optional movement art, body support, and emotional support. For more information, go to www.knoxart.org.
This project is supported in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance, and by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Treasury.
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