Duston Spear Collection
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The 3 Women in Black project in the United States was designed to show solidarity with the Women in Black of Belgrade, Serbia, who were protesting the rape of women during the conflicts in central Europe. Spear's three black dresses were created for protest performances in opposition to "war, rape as a tool of war, ethnic cleansing, and human rights abuses all over the world," according to art critic Barbara Goldman.
Spear sent the dresses to different groups of women around the world to wear. When the project first began, participants who wore the dresses signed and dated them.These women stood in the rain and the snow, therefore the names are somewhat faded. In 1994 the labels were used for a fundraising drive wherein the donor's name was written in ink on canvas strips which were then sewn into the dresses. According to Spear, when the women in Serbia were shown these signatures they were moved to see other people were concerned about their well-being. In turn, the Serbian women signed the large panel that Spear had sewn into the "Graduation" gown.
Women in Black, sponsored by the Women's Action Coalition, was presented at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery at UNCG on January 31, 1996, under the title Battledress: Three Women in Black.
- 1993 - 2007
- Majority of material found within 1993 - 1996
- Spear, Duston (Person)
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8.00 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
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