The "What Were You Wearing?" Exhibit will be Open the Entire Month of April!
The "What Were You Wearing?" exhibit will be open on April 1st, 2022 at noon. The exhibit will be held in the zigzag cases in the Kamerick Art Building and at the WRC in the display cases next to the free weight room. The exhibit will remain open throughout the month of April.
"What were you wearing?" is an easy question to ask. However, the cost of such a question is high for a survivor of sexual assault. This cost is paid not only through their dreaded answer, but through the burden of self-blame.
This installation asks viewers to recognize that it's never about the clothing, and the act of shedding the clothes can 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?".
View Previous Submissions
View the 2022 exhibit through our Instagram account here. Please view the pictures below for a preview of the 2022 in-person exhibit.
View the 2021 online exhibit here.
The What Were You Wearing (WWYW) Exhibit will display replications of outfits from stories of current student, alumni, and current faculty/staff survivors on our Office of Compliance and Equity Management (OCEM) social media accounts and through our exhibit at the Kamerick Art Building.
If you are interested in sharing your story with our campus community, the survey will ask you for a description of your outfit and a
short message about the outfit or your story to display with the replication. All information will remain anonymous.
Submission Deadline and Link
The submission link for the 2022 What Were You Wearing Exhibit is now open and will remain open until the end of March. The submission form can be found below. The full exhibit will be online and at the Kamerick Art Building in the display cases throughout the month of April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Please practice self-care and contact the UNI Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676 for additional support.
The submission form for the "What Were you Wearing" Exhibit is now closed. If you have viewed our exhibit in-person or online, please take a brief survey to share with us your thoughts! Please check out our website to learn more about classroom presentations, resources, and future exhibits. Thank you to everyone that participated!