The Female Body and Violence
The Female Body and Violence will
place a new book on sexual violence entitled The Courage to Heal (LA and VŠŠD,
1998) into the context of a wider understanding of violence, the control of the
body and relations between the genders, to examine sexual violence, the forms
of control of women’s bodies through history, and how they are manifested in
art, the media and everyday life.
The topic will be presented by four authors who write about this issue: a Hungarian artist and theoritician who lives and works in New York, Orshi Drozdik; researcher and editor, Darja Zaviršek; activist and co-ordinator of Greenwich Women’s Aid, Margaret Eggers; and an activist and co-ordinator of special programmes at East Thames Housing, Kerry Grant. The lecture by Orshi Drozdik, Medical Erotic; the violated female body is based on one of her most successful installations, which deals with the problem of the female body and its subjection to medical examination. Darja Zaviršek’s lecture, Between Cultural Anaesthesia and Physical Memories covers the problems of self-evident violence against women in contemporary society, its causes and consequences. Kerry Grant and Margaret Eggers will discuss practical experiences in their work with women and children who have been victims of violence.
The lectures will be followed by a round-table discussion.
With the support of
the Soros Foundation, Hungary; The British Council, Slovenia
Sponsored by British Airways.