The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, Violated Bodies New Languages for Justice and Humanity. The show seeks to heighten awareness and understanding of the consequences of sexual assault, domestic violence, and similar heinous acts of personal violation. How can victims of sexual, physical, verbal and/or mental abuse come to terms with the injustices that have been forced upon them? How can these individuals move from being mere victims to courageous survivors? The exhibition attempts to answer these questions. The international contemporary artists within this exhibition have boldly addressed the ramifications violence can have on both the mind and body. From the anonymous survivor voices in the work of the American artist, Cat Del Buono to the heart-rending multi-media works of the Australian collective, Blur Projects, the artworks in this exhibition reveal the personal suffering that is created when a violent act is committed against another human being. The work often harshly confronts the realities of abuse, as in the case of the manipulated photographs of Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo, Korean-American artist Debbie Han and the sculpture of Brazilian artist Simone Kestelman.
Voices (2016) by 2008 graduate Cat De Buono is a multi-channel video installation consisting of approximately 20 small monitors that display the mouths of domestic violence survivors speaking of their personal experience with abuse. The project has been traveling to different cities, adding local voices to the installation. The piece is often ccompanied by a panel discussion.