Human Trap

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10/05/2013 – 10/06/2013 all-day
The Halifax Common
South Park Street
Halifax, NS
Free to the Public


I have been cautioned several times against walking alone or otherwise through the Common at night. Most people have. This piece is focused on pointing out that safety is in part something created within the individual, but also the greater community. What determines safety within a particular time and space is reliant on gender, class and race. The intention of this piece is to illuminate the transaction each person makes for their own comfort and safety. It acts as a reminder that it is a choice made individually and communally, by both our discussion and silence on the topic.

There is an othering that happens continually in communities. To be a part of a community, a person must abide and hold certain moral and social beliefs. If a person does not subscribe to the particular ideologies of the community, they are excluded, and may be labelled a threat. Othering can take many forms: the otherness of night and of public domain is a strong example. Part of feeling safe is feeling like you belong. It is hoping, but also assuming that no harm will happen to you if you continue to be as you are. That is a right we should all have, and this art piece will be implemented as a reminder of that for our public and communal spaces.

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