Within our justice system, all aspects of a victim’s personal life are on the table: sexual history, correspondence, drinking and drug use. The accused is not put through the same paces; he has the right not to testify. While few in the legal community wish to see this protection removed, it creates a power imbalance in sexual assault cases.
Undaunted, the Art Gallery of Hamilton has waded into the breach with the exhibition and book project Ken Danby: Beyond the Crease. In doing so, they are honouring an artist who remains one of the most popular with the Canadian public and one who has, at least since the 1970s, been steadfastly ignored by most public art museums, especially the largest ones such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton itself.