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Authors:Joanne Posluszny-Hoffsten: Linköping, Sweden
Publication title:Suffering and Peril – Echoes of a Near Past: About the Art Exhibit ”The Silence of Abuse
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:043
Abstract:In my art exhibit ”The Silence of Abuse, The Burning Flame of Hope” it was my intent to express through my art the emotions of the abused and the downtrodden. In creating these artworks I have used photographs of people who are in situations of conflict and abuse throughout the world. One photo, for example, shows a Japanese woman holding her crippled son, another, Chinese workers pulling heavy burdens while being tied together and several others portray Swedish couples entrenched in drug and alchohol abuse. In two sculptures I have shown a black man gazing out in despair and a woman being embrassed by her friend, after leaving her home where she had discovered her dead husband’s body-in a picture from war torn France from World War II. The situations I show vary, the locations are diverse, yet the message is the same. When people find themselves in situations which are so difficult that they are unable to react, they no longer dare to speak – they fall silent. It is the silence of abuse. As Ghandi proclaimed– ”there can be no change.”
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:5
Pages:423-427
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/043/ecp11062043.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Joanne Posluszny-Hoffsten (2011). Suffering and Peril – Echoes of a Near Past: About the Art Exhibit ”The Silence of Abuse, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=043 (accessed 7/31/2014)