An exhibition opening Monday at the Kansas Union Gallery will feature creative works produced by student survivors of sexual violence, centering on the space between harm and healing.
The exhibition, called “The Space Between,” does not have a central voice or overarching message — “Rather, it is a quilting together of individual expressions and meanings of survivorship unique to their creators,” Faith Maddox, a senior from Topeka majoring in English, said in a KU news release.
“The Space Between” is put on by KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center (SAPEC) and organized by Maddox, who is also a SAPEC peer educator, with support from Kelsey Hunter, SAPEC education program coordinator.
“Visual art and poetry offer a unique opportunity for survivors to connect with a version of themselves that is rooted in healing and self-compassion,” Maddox said in KU’s release. “An exhibit like this also allows other members of the community to interact with these experiences from a place of allyship and direct listening that is not always immediately available or accessible.”
The exhibition will be open from Monday, Oct. 25 through Nov. 12. An opening reception is planned for 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.