THE SPIRAL OF

CONTAINMENT: 

RAPE'S AFTERMATH

PAST & FUTURE

EXHIBITIONS

 
  • TBC - CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRCIA
    Feb 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Cape Town Art Fair
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  • EVENT HAS NOW PASSED | London Southbank
    Mar 07, 2018, 9:00 AM GMT – Mar 12, 2018, 9:00 PM GMT
    OXO Tower Bargehouse Gallery, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1, UK
    Exploring the psychological impact of rape through the imagination’s eye.

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EXHIBITION @ OXO TOWER BARGEHOUSE LONDON

BOOK

& ARTIST STATEMENT

The Spiral of Containment: Rape's Aftermath

- Hardcover -

£24.99

THIS IS MY STORY, TOLD ALONGSIDE THE VOICES OF OTHERS – a collective outcry of shared experience. These images are our statement. May these photographs generate empathy and help build a global community that fights back and no longer stands for silence, violence, or injustice.

I dedicate this work to the sexual violence survivors of the world who are battling an inner spiral of containment – where the images, memories and feelings within them will never be fully understood by anyone but themselves. This is my artistic way of acknowledging what happened, and closing a chapter on it. As collaborators, each survivor and I came up with a concept for their stories. I am simply a visual interpreter of what they chose to share with me.

I respected each person’s decision to disclose as much or as little information as they felt comfortable with. In this project, no names will be used unless the survivors themselves stated them during our conversations. Instead, I refer to each participant by ‘colour', to respect their anonymity. Each chapter begins and ends with short descriptions of my personal story, written in italics, and the rest of the chapter is made up of direct quotes from each of the survivors' own stories. 

EXPRESSING TRAUMA THROUGH ART

ABOUT ELISA

ARTIST | SPEAKER | CAMERAWOMAN

I have worked in over 30 countries, across 5 continents, and am fascinated by all facets of humanity. My imagination sources inspiration from colours, textures and flavours that have been etched within my mind throughout my travels. Covering challenging environments, from the Rabaa massacre in Cairo, to domestic violence within Iraqi refugee camps, has fueled my work with social consciousness. Working as a journalist and documentary cinematographer, I have delivered work for the likes of National Geographic, BBC World News, Newsweek and Vice. My work as DoP has screened on television, online and film festivals around the globe. 

The Spiral of Containment: Rape's Aftermath, is an immersive art installation exploring the impact of sexual violence through photography, holographic projection, video, and sound. Each image was created as a collaboration between each rape survivor and myself. IIt was exhibited at the OXO Tower Bargehouse Gallery in London and will be touring the globe in years to come. 

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