On the eve of the 106th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which killed 146 people (123 of whom were young female immigrant workers), various forms of artistic expression – a theatrical performance, a documentary film, a memorial project – keep alive the memory of what happened in 1911 and of its significance for the history of the US labor movement. Art also reminds contemporary audiences of the symbolic and political value of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in generating a discourse about workers’ rights and dignity, and about illegal situations of the exploitation of labor in the US and abroad.
– Theatrical performance by playwright and actor LuLu LoLo Pascale of an excerpt from her play, Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
– Screening of Costanza Quatriglio’s Triangle (2014). This documentary deals with the collapse of a building in Barletta in Apulia in 2011, in which five women were killed: four workers working without a contract in a clothing factory and the owner’s daughter. These deaths in the workplace are put into dialogue with those of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
– The Chair of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Professor Mary Anne Trasciatti, will present the work of the Coalition and the project of a permanent memorial at the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. The memorial is designed to engage passers-by both from close up and from farther away by means of steel panels reflecting the sky and the surroundings.