tART was invited by Create Collective to contribute art work and a workshop to Skirts & (Out) Skirts, "a multi-arts workshop in response to the recent rise in sexual and/or street harassment especially as it affects women and/or the LGBTQ community in the Brooklyn area."
tART artists: damali abrams, Suzanne Broughel, Anna Lise Jensen, Deborah Pohl, Nikki Schiro and Petra Valentova.
Organized by Anna Lise Jensen
Participants in the workshop discuss text and images from tART and then place text by image that is deemed to go with it.
Nikki Schiro: I often think about the line between pleasurable/consented submission vs violation. My attraction/excitement to the fantasy and my fear of the reality. In what ways do fear and excitement differ and overlap? My work here questions this uncertainty. I also think a lot about the residue that violence leaves on our perception; one can be both resilient and self-destructive at the same time.
Deborah Pohl: Through sharing our art, we can discover a shared consciousness. We can discover strength in a shared cause, strength in numbers, and strength in welcoming the idea of freedom to be ourselves and freedom to walk alone and together, in our own streets.
This work in inspired by two newspaper articles, one about the "Park Slope Sex Fiend" and another about Malawi women protesting attacks on women wearing miniskirts and pants.
On a more personal level, the most vulnerable I've ever felt, as a woman, was in India when I was without my husband and wearing a sari in the streets. When I wear western clothes, men only try to lure me to their stores to buy but once I put on the sari, l become the target of their screaming, joking and touching me. Even in my students years, when I was physically attacked in Prague, I didn't feel that naked and vulnerable.
damali abrams: in my drama class in college, I performed a monologue from a play called Blood Moon by Nicholas Kazan. The main character is raped by her uncle’s friend, due to her uncle’s neglect. She is impregnated by the rapist, performs her own abortion and then cooks and feeds the aborted fetus to her uncle and his rapist friend.