Gender-Based Violence – how crisis affects it and current prevention approaches.
I started looking into this topic in November for my present work. The main focus back then was on understanding the subject area in its complexity, and understanding the new challenges the pandemic brings for both victims of violence and people working against it. During my research I became very aware of how the discourses on staying are rarely mentioned about victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking or children in abusive homes. Home is a very romanticised term which easily lets us forget how many people do not have a safe home. The connotation of “staying home” started to irritate me a lot, and the picture which was drawn with it is why I made this video. In the video a woman is covering up a black eye following a very superficial “how to cover up a black eye” YouTube tutorial. This scenario is contrasted by the NHS adverts which show people sitting in their living room with their loved ones or playing video games while staying home. One of the adverts invites the reader to do some baking, how misrepresented must people in danger feel when they read that?
My work further explored creative actions against gender-based violence and prevention methods. My main interests at the moment are ideas of reframing the issue as one which effects society as a whole, not just victims and women, and the role masculinity plays in it.