According to the One Billion Rising campaignās website, one in three women the world over will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. āOne billion women violated is an atrocity,ā the site expresses; āOne billion women dancing is a revolution.ā
As evidenced in this weekās 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-Danielāthe masterminds behind Axle Contemporaryāplan to roll into the Roundhouse, their mobile gallery outfitted with banners displaying the word āVagina,ā composed of 250,000 individual pink dotsāone for each New Mexican woman who might experience violence during her lifetime.
Furthering the theme, the truckās interior will display a series of vaginal plaster impressions by contemporary artist Shirley Klinghoffer.
āMy life and my work run parallel,ā 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 āactive, enthusiastic advocate on the fight against abuse,ā took the vulvar imprints of womenāboth victims of abuse and notāas part of her personal and artistic mission āto promote pride and strength instead of shame.ā
She says she chose to line up the casts side by side as a way of promoting āstrength and sisterhood in women.ā
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 āuniqueness of womenās bodies.ā
She also says sheās shaken off the āfeministā badge that many have tried to to stamp her past work with.
āIāve been labeled as a feminist, but I consider myself a humanist,ā the imagemaker-cum-activist says.
Klinghoffer hopes her V-Daycentric piece has universal appeal.
āIn a way, itās an abstract landscape [that shows] curves and crevices in a very meaningful way,ā she says. āIts multiplicity in form speaks to the idea that thereās a multitude of involvement.ā
Asked what her motivation is, her answer is swift and heartfelt.
āWeāre rising up,ā she shares, āand saying āWeāre not taking it anymore.āā (Enrique LimĆ³n)
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Where: Axle Contemporary
S Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM