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New Art Exhibit Result of Lone KU Student

Sex positivity art show at Kansas Union Gallery 

Lily O’Shea Becker || @lilyosheabecker

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is showcasing art at the Kansas Union Gallery centered on sex positivity. The art show is coinciding with KU’s annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national campaign focused on bringing awareness to sexual assault during the month of April. 

The sole artist of OMA’s art show, KU junior Victoria Garcia Unzueta, is showcasing their portrait photography series of non-binary people in their life. They also included three self-portraits. 

“I know, at least in a queer atmosphere, sex positivity is a very interesting thing to explore because we’re often a taboo subject, kind of ostracized from society in general, and this was kind of my opportunity to showcase the beauty that can be queer self-expression,” Unzueta said. 

OMA wanted to give minorities an opportunity to feel heard and included when talking about sex positivity.

“Let’s center voices that are not usually centered in this conversation, is what I want from this show,” Cierra Roberson, OMA Program Coordinator, said. 

Every year KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center (SAPEC) hosts events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. When OMA brought the idea of the art show to SAPEC, SAPEC was enthusiastic to include the show in this month’s events. 

“We have put a lot of thought into wanting there to be a lot of different ways for students to connect during this month,” Kelsey Hunter, SAPEC Prevention Coordinator, said.

Earlier this month SAPEC placed hundreds of flags in Watson Library’s lawn to represent the number of KU students who have been impacted by sexual assault. 

Looking forward, SAPEC is offering a sexual assault survivor yoga and meditation workshop for Queer and Trans students and Take Back the Night, an event at South Park’s gazebo to gather and honor survivors. 

The sex positivity art show is free of charge and open during regular Kansas Union hours. This Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. anyone is welcome to join a celebration of sex positivity and meet Unzueta at the gallery.