This series engages the viewer to address sexist views, crime, violence, oppression and injustice that women face worldwide, regardless of their age, race, culture, education and socio-economic backgrounds. Each woman represents one or more of the many violations women suffer in their lifetime.
The women are painted white, so as to shift the focus from their physical traits, race or culture to the fact that they are women. White is also associated with purity, a term women in many cultures are forced to identify with and live by.
The black paint and ribbon represent how the very same cultures that hold women hostage to purity standards, completely disregard the pain and suffering our society inflicts upon them. The women in the series are made to look like delicate porcelain figures to symbolize how our patriarchal society regards the female sex as delicate and weak.
The clothes have been draped using white medical gauze to symbolize the wrapping of women’s wounds that society is adamant on concealing, instead of crusading against injustice and stopping these violent crimes at their source.
The wardrobe shows clothes from daily situations in women’s lives to portray that these problems aren’t reserved for just the poor and third world countries. They affect women from all financial backgrounds and all walks of life.
Crimes & Violations represented: Force, Rape, Genital Mutilation, Marital Rape, Female Infanticide, Laws against Pro-Choice for Women’s Reproductive Health, Domestic Abuse, Freedom of Speech and Independence, Disempowering Women, Progress and Education, Equal Pay and Opportunities, Freedom, Choices, Unrealistic Standards of Beauty, Censorship, Objectification, Molestation and Sexual Abuse.
Aim: Every single woman will be victim to one or more of these violations in her lifetime. We want these images to start the conversation that society avoids. We hope it will inspire people to take action against the injustice, help victims get help and educate men and women so we may prevent them from happening in the future. Each image will hold a different truth to each viewer, reflecting his/her own truth and experiences.
The purpose of these images was not only to create attractive, creative imagery to help draw attention to the issues, but also to help women get real help and education by collaborating with various relevant organizations and foundations (in cities around the world where they are displayed).
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