Where There is Smoke 

Did you know that 3% of Ontario firefighters are women?
In 2017, Fire Service Women Ontario approached Red Dress Productions to engage women firefighters in a creative exploration of their work.  Where There is Smoke is an audio-immersive installation featuring a multi-dimensional collage of women firefighters with a diverse range of experiences.
Where There Is Smoke features stories that intersect art, labour, and equity and disrupt any presumed single narrative of women firefighters that represent 3% of firefighters in Ontario. Feedback demonstrates that Where There is Smoke enhances how firefighters see themselves, and the public’s understanding of firefighting.
“This project has the power to radically alter how we as women firefighters see ourselves and how others see us and imagine us.” - Julie Petruzzellis
You can experience on: Saturday, September 14 / Sunday, September 15 / Monday, September 16, 2019


 "I Come From" - Click to view video above!
Where There Is Smoke gave firefighters the opportunity reflect on their work and to also come together in a group to celebrate the work they do.
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Publicly presented at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (Hamilton, ON, June 2018), Fire Service Women Ontario Professional Development Symposium (Waterloo, ON, October 2018), and the In Situ Festival (Mississauga, ON, November 2018), and Doors Open Hamilton (Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, May 2019).