The Shared Wound
In 2016, hundreds of women from Perú started sharing their stories of sexual assault on Facebook, moving others to speak up and leave behind the shame and fear that these experiences bring with them.
As an artist, I feel the responsibility to create an adequate response to this powerful wave of fierce honesty. I blended together those many experiences, that united women from different realities into a common denominator, to create a single voice of authentication.
10 women are murdered each month in Peru.
20 are saved by the skin of their teeth.
This adds up to one attack per day.
"I Don't Want to Pay for his Sins"
Velázquez's Christ Crucified and the Passion of the Latino Woman
Abortion in Peru is illegal, even in cases of rape. Thousands of women die when undergoing illegal procedures, taken place under poor conditions; other are forced to bring into this world the very fruit of their abuse.
Velazquez's Christ is taken as a symbol of the weight of colonization and forced faith change towards catholicism. The chains of the colonizers might have been broken, but religious fundamentalism is very much alive and it influences the penal code and laws. These laws are unfair towards women, even life-threatening and harmful towards their integrity as individuals.
"If I was La Sarita, Would You See Me?"
How society blinds itself towards female suffering and the notion of the "Puta"
A.K.A. I died not only because of his misogyny, but also your indifference
Extreme cases of sexual assault and gender abuse surfaced the media in Peru in mid-2016. Cases like the one of Lady Guillen, who was abducted and left with marks of severe abuse in her whole body, or the case of Arlette Contreras, whose abuse was captured by security cameras. Regardless of the notoriety of these cases, the media coverage, and video and physical proof, the justice system failed to protect these women and give fair punishment to the men that attacked them. There was also a vocal number of people that justified the attacks and victim-blamed the women. This behavior is common place in a patriarchal society like Peru.
Little Girls Showcase
The Voice of the Catholic Church and the Chicha Culture
Statements from the Cardinal and Archbishop of Peru, Juan Luis Cipriani, who is a member of the ultraconservative Opus Dei Catholic group. The statements were made public on his radio program, "Diálogos de Fé".
Social Media as a Safer Space
Multiple testimonies have been selected as inspiration for this age-based, single construction. A common characteristic between these experiences is the nature of the place where they happened. Most of the stories shared happened in what would supposedly be a safe environment: own bedrooms, parents' houses, grandparents' houses, schools, the country club we visit every week since we were little.
On the wall, we see a Peruvian mantle that belongs to the pre-Incan culture Paracas.