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Exhibition Programme, The Spiral of Containment: Rape's Aftermath

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Oxo Tower Bargehouse

Southbank

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SE1

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Photographer Elisa L. Iannacone presents The Spiral of Containment: Rape’s Aftermath, an exhibition that harnesses the power of images to change the way we see. The exhibit will take place at London’s iconic OXO Tower from 8th March (International Women’s Day) - 11th March 2018.

The exhibit will immerse visitors in a series of artworks that explore the impact of sexual assault, with the aim of reframing the dialogue around sexual violence to facilitate understanding.

Upon entering the industrial five-story warehouse building, guests encounter an installation and soundscape, where they are forced to walk over a path of flowers, and see some of the portraits of the stories they are about to encounter, drawing them inwards. The exhibition houses twenty-four main photographs and a hologram, shot across 3 continents, that artistically interpret sexual assault survivors’ personal accounts of the images that stuck in their minds after the incident. The highly imaginative images are staged with prop-heavy sets that evoke narrative elements, conjuring childlike dreamscapes and dark fantasy worlds. Each image is anchored in a distinctive colour hue, and the exhibit is curated in accordance with a 24-colour wheel. The resultant impression is of a spiralling effect: a symbol for the personal process of coping with assault.

Iannacone, who herself makes an appearance in the series, was inspired to create the exhibit through her own experience of coping with trauma through art therapy. She recognises that distressing photojournalistic images of sexual violence often have the adverse effect of turning people away. By creating work that is not simply representational, she intends to provide viewers with an affective understanding of the lived experience of sexual assault survivors, and to engender an empathic public response.

The conversation sparked by the Women’s March and “Me Too” moment of reckoning is an important step forward, and yet there are still 11 sexual assaults every hour (254 per day) in the UK. The Spiral of Containment: Rape’s Aftermath will provide a platform for deepened engagement with the topic of sexual violence, calling upon its audience to look, interpret and think closely.

The museum-scale exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live events, a limited-edition book publication and a full programme of events.


Full programme of events

Thursday, 8th March

6pm - 6:45pm Panel: Spiral Survivors Speak Out

7pm - 7:45pm Panel: The Power of Choice

8pm - 8:30pm Live Music

Friday, 9th March

7pm - 7:45pm Panel Hosted by Clear Lines

8pm - 8:30pm Live Music

Saturday, 10th March

12pm - 12:45pm Panel: Does One Bad Deed Erase All Good Ones?

2pm - 2:45pm Panel: Where is the Line?

4pm - 4:45pm Panel: The Justice System

7pm - 7:45pm Live Music

Sunday, 11th March

12pm - 12:45pm In Conversation: How Can Art Be Used to Heal Trauma?

2pm - 2:45pm Workshop: Art Therapy

4pm - 4:45pm Panel: How Are Men Part of the Solution?

6pm - 6:45pm Live Music


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