In England and Wales, 11 adults are raped every hour*. That's 254 attacks, every single day.
What would your life be like if you were raped?
The money I am raising is for a hard-cover book and an art installation in London.
I am creating a series of dramatic images visualising the thoughts of rape victims in the aftermath of their attack. The goal is to help more survivors tell their story in this unique way, and to open up the discourse around rape and sexual assault. The final project will encompass an art installation in London as well as a hardcover book.
As a rape survivor myself, I explored the power of expressing trauma through art when I did art therapy in Toronto, with the YWCA Breakthrough program and the Women's College Hospital. I can honestly say that this kind of work changed my life and allowed me to re-gain the direction I had lost in life.
I have chosen to tackle this issue by exploring the emotional and psychological impact of rape through art. The participants for this project include a range of ages, genders and ethnicities, from Olympic medal winners, to filmmakers and CEOs. The survivors are present within their image, and my own image will also be included. We have come up with the surreal visuals as a collaboration between artist and survivor. Some of the images have involved an underwater tank filled with railway tracks, a vintage convertible driven into a studio with 30 extras, and a bi-plane covered in dozens of yards of fabric. The images are meant to draw the audience in and only reveal their layered darkness once you look closely. I have managed to reach out to the participants thanks to the support of Solace Women's Aid [Rape Crisis UK], Against Violence and Abuse [AVA], and the Survivor's Collective.
This is the first project created by REFRAME, a company that takes social issues to which we've become desensitised, and addresses them in a way that makes us look again.
THE ART INSTALLATION
The Spiral of Containment: Rape's Aftermath is an art installation that re-creates the thoughts and feelings left spiralling in the survivor's mind after the assault. There will be 24 photographs, each one depicting one rape survivor.
Each image will be accompanied by a title, a short description, and motion responsive soundscape in the final installation. When you approach an image in the exhibition space you will hear a recording of the subject's voice, but when you step back, it will blend with the voices from other photographs, into white noise.
Each image will belong to a colour in the 24-colour wheel. This is how they all connect to each other, and perpetuate the feeling of 'spinning' or 'spiraling'. ￼
The book will present all of the images from the installation, and will include behind-the-scenes material, alternate angles and outtakes from each shoot. The book will also cover some of the unbelievable challenges we overcame in sourcing our props and locations, as well as some technical tid-bits on how the images came to be.
Each chapter will be associated with a colour in the 24 colour wheel, presenting the stories of each participant and why we created the images as we did. This project will act as a tool for learning about expressing trauma through art, and for rape survivors to share stories as part of their healing process. Our aim is to remove some of the taboo surrounding the discussion of rape - to allow it to become an issue that can be discussed openly.
THE PRESENT ￼
CIRCUS ￼ ￼
FLIGHT AND FIGHT ￼ ￼
SLEEPING BEAUTY ￼ ￼
Carol McBride [The Trauma Project] is a Canadian Psychotherapist and friend who has acted as an advisor for the project in order to create guidelines to ensure participants are ready to take this step.
*Rape Crisis UK Data
I am a producer with an international management and economics background, with experience working in over 15 countries creating international media projects. Curiosity has driven me to explore the globe, read, witness and experience many situations which I felt the need to engage with.
Sexual violence is certainly a theme that is very close to me and has had an impact on my life and education. I have found myself completely captured by this project and absolutely am on board to make it happen. Reframing the images that people have in their minds about this issue is paramount to me. Having people truly "see" something for the first time again is the key.
Risks and challenges
This project has been a part of my life for over a year now and I am completing it come hell or high water. It has been an amazing process to get to share stories and make them come to life in this way. I now have the rest of the survivors ready to be photographed, but the main challenge is financial.
Making sure we raise the money in order to make this project happen is the main obstacle at the moment, so really it is now in your hands. There is only so far you can take a project on your own, and now is the time to reach out to make it come to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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