Silencing of Context: Gareth Henry in Rights Today
By Dallas Cant*
This unauthorized audio-guide attempts to highlight the limitations of the museum’s representation of queer migration and queer activism in narratives of Canadian human rights advocacy. The guide situates a critique in the way particularities of activist Gareth Henry’s story are left out, or silenced to reinforce superficial understandings of queer reality, homophobic/transphobic violence, race, and nation.
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Voice: Dallas Cant
- “Ambient Music.” by Julia Dyck.
- “Wedding-Bells.” Freesound, uploaded by Maurice_J_K, 4 June 2016, https://freesound.org/people/Maurice_J_K/sounds/346941/.
- “Stereo Field Transport.” Freesound, uploaded Robinhood76, 5 March 2017, https://freesound.org/people/Robinhood76/sounds/383022/.
This image, taken by Dallas Cant, is of the Gareth Henry display in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Rights Today gallery.
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*Imagined, designed, recorded, and edited by Dallas Gillingham. Mastered by Julia Dyck.