Discover “Album,” a mosaic created to challenge societal views of family and athleticism.
Inspired by Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Album” was created by Arts Etobicoke and Red Dress Productions to recognize the contributions of LGBT individuals in sports while challenging traditional representations of athleticism. It also explores traditional representations of family diversity (LGBT, blended, adopted, multi-racial, intergenerational, those without children). Artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston led local community workshops to create a variety of mosaics that form one towering mural under the Dundas St. West Bridge near Lambton House.
The artwork is being unveiled on the heels of an international study titled: “Out in the Fields: The First International Study on Homophobia in Sport.” The study* found that found only 1% of respondents “believe LGB people are completely accepted in sporting culture.” The same report noted that 46% believe “LGB people are not accepted at all” or “only accepted a little.” Published two months ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the study highlights the importance of works like “Album,” which aim to promote inclusion and equality.
This inspiring project is the latest of a series of human rights themed murals created by artists and community-based groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area in collaboration with Amnesty International’s Project “Urban Canvas” to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 16 of the Declaration speaks to the rights of all men and women to marry and to have a family. Canada is the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.