According to the One Billion Rising campaignâs website, one in three women the world over will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. âOne billion women violated is an atrocity,â the site expresses; âOne billion women dancing is a revolution.â
As evidenced in this weekâs 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-Danielâthe masterminds behind Axle Contemporaryâplan to roll into the Roundhouse, their mobile gallery outfitted with banners displaying the word âVagina,â composed of 250,000 individual pink dotsâone for each New Mexican woman who might experience violence during her lifetime.
Furthering the theme, the truckâs interior will display a series of vaginal plaster impressions by contemporary artist Shirley Klinghoffer.
âMy life and my work run parallel,â 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 âactive, enthusiastic advocate on the fight against abuse,â took the vulvar imprints of womenâboth victims of abuse and notâas part of her personal and artistic mission âto promote pride and strength instead of shame.â
She says she chose to line up the casts side by side as a way of promoting âstrength and sisterhood in women.â
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 âuniqueness of womenâs bodies.â
She also says sheâs shaken off the âfeministâ badge that many have tried to to stamp her past work with.
âIâve been labeled as a feminist, but I consider myself a humanist,â the imagemaker-cum-activist says.
Klinghoffer hopes her V-Daycentric piece has universal appeal.
âIn a way, itâs an abstract landscape [that shows] curves and crevices in a very meaningful way,â she says. âIts multiplicity in form speaks to the idea that thereâs a multitude of involvement.â
Asked what her motivation is, her answer is swift and heartfelt.
âWeâre rising up,â she shares, âand saying âWeâre not taking it anymore.ââ (Enrique LimĂłn)
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Where: Axle Contemporary
S Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM