According to the One Billion Rising campaign‚Äôs website, one in three women the world over will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. ‚ÄúOne billion women violated is an atrocity,‚ÄĚ the site expresses; ‚ÄúOne billion women dancing is a revolution.‚ÄĚ
As evidenced in this week‚Äôs cover story, Santa Fe joins the ranks of several cities around the globe taking a stand against domestic abuse this Thursday with a flashmob and march.
Among the standout satellite events surrounding the day, Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel‚ÄĒthe masterminds behind Axle Contemporary‚ÄĒplan to roll into the Roundhouse, their mobile gallery outfitted with banners displaying the word ‚ÄúVagina,‚ÄĚ composed of 250,000 individual pink dots‚ÄĒone for each New Mexican woman who might experience violence during her lifetime.
Furthering the theme, the truck‚Äôs interior will display a series of vaginal plaster impressions by contemporary artist Shirley Klinghoffer.
‚ÄúMy life and my work run parallel,‚ÄĚ the former board member of the Santa Fe Rape Crisis and Trauma Treatment Center (now Solace Crisis Treatment Center) tells SFR.
Klinghoffer, who describes herself as an ‚Äúactive, enthusiastic advocate on the fight against abuse,‚ÄĚ took the vulvar imprints of women‚ÄĒboth victims of abuse and not‚ÄĒas part of her personal and artistic mission ‚Äúto promote pride and strength instead of shame.‚ÄĚ
She says she chose to line up the casts side by side as a way of promoting ‚Äústrength and sisterhood in women.‚ÄĚ
The artist, whose previous work includes vivid, vaginal/floral sculpture and stilettos trapped in a rusty barbed wire confine, calls her current endeavor a celebration of the ‚Äúuniqueness of women‚Äôs bodies.‚ÄĚ
She also says she‚Äôs shaken off the ‚Äúfeminist‚ÄĚ badge that many have tried to to stamp her past work with.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been labeled as a feminist, but I consider myself a humanist,‚ÄĚ the imagemaker-cum-activist says.
Klinghoffer hopes her V-Daycentric piece has universal appeal.
‚ÄúIn a way, it‚Äôs an abstract landscape [that shows] curves and crevices in a very meaningful way,‚ÄĚ she says. ‚ÄúIts multiplicity in form speaks to the idea that there‚Äôs a multitude of involvement.‚ÄĚ
Asked what her motivation is, her answer is swift and heartfelt.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre rising up,‚ÄĚ she shares, ‚Äúand saying ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre not taking it anymore.‚Äô‚ÄĚ (Enrique Lim√≥n)
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Where: Axle Contemporary
S Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM