Bra photo creates controversy at TRU

April 16, 2012

A Thompson Rivers University student's photography project was reinstalled after its controversial removal from campus hallways earlier this month. The fine art student's photo of woman wearing full Islamic dress holding a bra in her hands while folding laundry was included as part of TRU's annual diploma show. The CBC reports that the picture was originally displayed with other student photos in mid-March, until some students complained and a staff member later removed it. TRU's VP of advancement told the CBC that the picture was taken down by a staff member who was acting on their own, and not in any official capacity. Once TRU learned of the action, it immediately returned the photo and made a commitment to cover any costs for its repair or replacement. "We have heard the concerns of all our stakeholders," the VP says. "We will maintain the right for freedom of expression on our campus. There was nothing condoning hatred or disrespect in this work and we stand behind it." TRU News | CBC