Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we witnessed in ourselves and others something changing about how we showed up and related to parks and we welcome you to share in our journey. The Department of Imaginary Affairs (DIA) designed this installation to be participatory to capture the process of how we reflect and relate to the places we currently call parks.
The Department of Imaginary Affairs acknowledges that parks are both accessible, free, green spaces as well as living examples of colonization. This installation is a series of individual and collective stories centred around re-establishing relationships with parks, land and green spaces where we are situated.
“What if Parks Were Safe for Everyone?” is a part of a larger research project called “A Tale of Two Parks” which is hosted within the Department of Imaginary Affairs. “A Tale of Two Parks” aims to provide a brave space for storytelling and sharing, especially for people who might not think of themselves as storytellers. While we are curious about all stories, we are especially interested in stories from newcomers, immigrants and youth who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of colour. This project has been co-designed with youth who are exploring and reflecting on their relationships to parks and land and are bringing their living experiences, stories, storytelling styles and ideas into action within this work.
Department of Imaginary Affairs