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In Our Own Words: an online exhibit about domestic violence

April 17, 2009
Barbara, one women in the wall of faces. (courtesy: Lucy Gans)

Barbara, one woman in the wall of faces. This is a part of the In Our Own Words, an online exhibit by artist Lucy Gans (courtesy: Lucy Gans)

One of my favorite websites is the International Museum of Women. IMOW is an online museum whose mission is to “value the lives of women from around the world.” In connection with all of the media blitz surrounding the relationship of Chris Brown and Rihanna and Alison’s post on domestic violence, I thought it would be only appropriate to highlight this interesting exhibit.

The exhibit is called  “In Our Own Words” by artists Lucy Gans (her bio is here and her blog is here) and it can be viewed online here (it is also being shown at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania). The exhibit consists of a wall of sculptures of womens’ faces. People attending In Our Own Words are encouraged to listen to the different stories of women who have survived domestic violence.

Lucy Gans speaks of her exhibit:

In Our Own Words shows how pervasive domestic violence is today; it crosses age, race, economic and ethnic borders. Each face on this wall could be a mother, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, an aunt, a grandmother, step-daughter and step-mother. She could be your friend, your co-worker, a classmate, the woman behind the desk as well as the woman in front of the counter. Most incidents go unreported. Many women think that if they stay they can change their partner’s behavior. They stay for their children. They stay for their parents. They stay because they are afraid to leave. My message: Lean in and listen to their voices.

Please visit Lucy Gans’ online exhibit at the International Museum of Women here.

  1. Keri permalink
    April 18, 2009 10:18 am

    I think that this exhibit is absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately, most museums highlight the history of relationships, but always glorify the aspects of it, which we, as educated people know aren’t always that glorious. Great work, Lucy!

  2. Alison permalink
    April 19, 2009 7:54 pm

    Great post, Emily! Thanks for introducing me to this website. It’s fantastic.

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