Jun 18

Rachel Breen: Cairns

An exhibit of artist Rachel Breen's "Cairn" series

Monday, June 18th, 2018
Gould Library, Athenaeum

This event takes place each day from March 26th, 2018 to June 18th, 2018.

This event occurs on:

Rachel Breen, Cairn, 2016

Breen Cairn 

Cairn /kern
A pile of rocks used as a landmark, burial monument, or trail marker

Inspired by the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, fragments of concrete are re-imagined as Cairns to aid us in navigating an understanding of how our clothing is made. Ten pieces from this series are on view in the Athenaeum.


Our clothes travel complicated journeys, from human hands in unsafe factories on the other side of the planet, to our closets, our dressers, and our bodies. The women who made them are unseen by us - but the work of their hands surround us. 

This work pays homage to the 1,129 garment workers who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factories on April 24, 2013.  I honor the will of the survivors and many other garment workers who struggle to provide for their families under unfair working conditions.                       

-Rachel Breen


Presented in conjunction with The Price of Our Clothes, an exhibit in the Perlman Teaching Museum, on view March 26 - April 27, 2018

Sponsored by Gould Library Exhibitions. Contact: Zoe Adler, x7182