• Artist: Yasmine Louis
  • Medium: Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown

Do you feel safe in this city? This print installation focuses on homophobia in Toronto, and other “safe” cities, through observations from the artist’s daily life.

Location

  • Address: 401 Richmond St. W.
    Main floor
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

“AND THINGS ARE CHANGING / ET LES CHOSES CHANGENT” is a large installation of more than 100 prints about homophobia in “safe” cities. Since 2005, same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada and more laws against discrimination have been passed to protect LGBTQ2S+ people. Everything, from the outside, seems fine. But today, LGBTQ2S+ lives are often still full of harm. When hostility is not blatant, it can appear as daily affronts and indignities that one has to “just let go”—as though they didn’t happen. The more things shift, the more we see newly organized and active resistance. This artwork looks at daily microaggressions that might make viewers ask, In which direction is society shifting, and towards what?

The Artist

Yasmine Louis is a Francophone silkscreen artist based in Toronto.

Acknowledgements

Yasmine Louis would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for its support in the creation of this project.