Throughout 2021 and 2022, (in the wake of #metoo and run up to roe v wade overturning in the USA), I collected 27 anonymous interviews on the topic of sexual assault from rapists and survivors. The interview recordings form the bases of an artwork that behaves as audio, films, images and texts.
The project began in response to the rape of a close friend of mine by a police officer and the continued silence I observed from male perpetrators of rape about how they actually felt about the issue of consent. I decided to speak to both parties and collect information on what people really felt about this divided issue. Participants come from every background and class and many different age groups from the Deep South of the USA, UK and EU.
At its most recent public showing at GlogauAIR Berlin, verbal testimonies (recorded using actors) were played through ‘silent disco’ style headphones, whilst two 9ft x 5ft double sided paintings, 18 painted texts, a video essay and over 50 pages of interview transcripts collected first hand document and explore the nuances of sexual trauma from multiple perspectives. The visual essay can be viewed here and a virtual walkthrough of the show can be seen here.
With thanks to: Xavier Henry, H Ware, Nika Lincoln, Fay Davis, Shauna Thompson, Jasmine Cousins, Amy Trudgeon, Darcey Vallery, John Giardina, Lindsey Giardina, Matheus Francalacci, Nicolas Huskey and the 25 anonymous interviewees and online respondents from the UK/USA and Europe.
Audio recorded using actors *trigger warning*:
Some of the painted text transcripts from original interviews *trigger warning*:
Most recent showing in 2022 for GlogauAIR Berlin: