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"Victims" - something that had not yet talked about domestic violence

November 6 2007

On the last Saturday of awarding the first annual award "Choice". This prize is not ignorant, and perhaps have not heard about it just lazy. But few know that at the stage of this award have shown some amazing work, which in the future, destined to enter the photo project "Victims".

What is this photo project? This project is dedicated to a desperate attempt to once again remind the world about the incidence of domestic violence. The spectacle must say shocking and quite spectacular. No, there's no bloody corpses and mutilated bodies. Here a pretty happy people. For example, a little girl, beautiful in a dress, jumping over skakalochku. "She seduced his own uncle" - written under the photograph of a girl. Or here newlyweds. A girl in a wedding dress, beautiful, very suits her. The groom in a suit, flower in the pocket, with a brand-new hairstyle. "I take thee to wife, and give an oath of love and fidelity. I promise to maul you, humiliate, rape and inflict wounds to the end of his days "- sounds of their wedding vows. Well another wall - a comic book. Woman removes makeup from the face of the five established in a number of pictures. Smear for smear. The first picture looking at us pretty well-groomed woman in the last miserable and downtrodden is something whose person the length and breadth proceed with bruises and abrasions. This woman with make-up - a victim of domestic violence, and a girl in a dress and with a rope, like a bride in a beautiful dress.

Initially, the project was created by the European Movement "White Ring". In 2004, the idea was born. Students realize the idea of creative faculties of the University of Weimar. In 2006, the Hamburg exhibition, which presented the best work. The exhibition was a huge success. At the exhibition was visited by members of the movement "Resistance" - a movement that for many years struggling with domestic violence in Russia, in fact "resistance" - the Russian equivalent of the White Ring.

When can we see it? In 2008, all work will be brought to Moscow. Of them will form a traveling exhibition, which during the year should be to visit all large cities of Russia. According to Olga Kostina, the leader of the movement "Resistance", the spectacle promises to be very effective. She herself was truly shocked to see the exhibited works.

The problem of domestic violence - it is a problem. Frighteningly huge, massive and quite scary. According to the statistics of domestic violence suffer from one in eight women in Germany. And in Russia? In Russia, such statistics do not fail. And why, its results are not too hard to guess. The project "Victims" - another attempt to draw attention to the problem. Attempt worthwhile. In other words, exhibition project "Victims" - a phenomenon that both social and artistic, this is really something worth seeing.

Sasha Mertsalova


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