Violence Unseen Re-Imagined is an online photography exhibition that aims to put unacknowledged and often unseen forms of violence against women on the map.
With COVID-19 measures forcing a mass shift to online campaigning in recent months, our travelling Violence Unseen exhibition has taken on new significance and moved online. The Re-Imagined exhibition features Violence Unseen images in public spaces to convey the message that, whilst often hidden, violence against women hasn’t disappeared. In fact, it has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
The forms of violence against women featured in the exhibition are not new, but some groups of women are more vulnerable to this violence. This is especially true for women who face other forms of discrimination, such as women with learning disabilities, women who sell sex, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans women, and minority ethnic women. Moreover, we know that lockdown has acted as an enabler for perpetrators and made violence against women even less visible to the public eye.
The new images will be shared during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence via our social media.
Alongside the new images, we will be sharing links to research, articles and projects to help to broaden understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women.
The images used in this exhibition were originally created by Alicia Bruce, then re-imagined and ‘digitally painted’ onto the city landscapes by the visual artist Szymon Felkel.
Before the pandemic curtailed the Violence Unseen exhibition’s travels, it was displayed in around 40 locations across Scotland and seen by around 2000 people.
Visit our virtual exhibition below.
Please note that some of the content in this exhibition deals with sexual violence, abuse and exploitation which some people might find upsetting. Some of the women featured in the pictures are models.
Accessible version of the exhibition is available HERE
List of helplines for anyone who lives in Scotland is available HERE
Choose guided tour and click on 'i' icon for more information about each image.
Photos by : Alicia Bruce - www.aliciabruce.co.uk
and our digital re-imaginer
Re-imagining : Szymon Felkel - www.saymoonstudio.com