Ethics at the heart of the process

Ethics and respect for personal testimonials and artists are the foundations of the exhibition project, Témoigner pour agir, produced by Testimonial Cultures research group. By ethics, we refer to transparency in practices and intentions. To do this, a central place is given to the people involved in the project.

For the wellbeing of the people involved

Respect for each individual's self-disclosure process is one of our main concerns. In this sense, we recognize that everyone will not want to have the same type of public visibility. We are committed to respecting people's personal limits and the various ways one can be involved in the project within those limitations. Also, throughout the process, we will offer support and guidance to people whose practices, identity, sexual orientation or gender are revealed publicly so as to minimize the risks associated with public testimonial. Inspired by our previous work with social workers who accompany persons living with HIV/AIDS, our social support approach is integrated before, during and after the public testimonial.

For the respect of human dignity

Without denying the processes of victimization in respect of certain sexual communities, this exhibition project distances itself from victimizing messages and representations. In this sense, Témoigner pour agir is an exhibition project that will showcase sexual and gender diversity by simply presenting human realities as both complex and plural.

For an inclusive social context marked by justice and equality

One of the aims of the exhibition, regarding justice, is to render visible and audible the views of sexual communities that are a minority within society. Thus, it is important that each of community has a space of equal importance at every stage of the development and implementation of the exhibition.

Measures for meeting ethical project requirements

Several measures are deployed to ensure our ethical commitments:

(1) the possibility for artists and persons giving a testimonial to use a pseudonym;
(2) maintain confidentiality and protection of personal information;
(3) a requirement for the exhibition, or circulation of works and testimonials, is the written authorization from artists or persons who give their testimonial;
(4) the creation of a social action group; this "Community Wisdom Committee", comprising of members from each community, is mandated to reflect and discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities encountered in the process, production and reception of the exhibition, and to make recommendations for action;
(5) on the issue of sensitive content, creating a defined space within the exhibition, as well as the implementation of tools (text or otherwise) explaining aspects of artistic approaches and realities to help the public to better understand rather than to be shocked.

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