A New Approach to Depicting Sexual Assault

In light of Judge Kavanaugh’s recent trial (and ultimate appointment), a story like this is especially relevant. Historically, artwork depicting rape and sexual assault has always been particularly gory and violent — frequently focusing on the brutality of the act itself, rather than communicating the emotional consequences of such experiences.

Monika Fabijanska, an art historian, curated a collection of artwork created by women (many of whom are victims of sexual assault) showing the violent and more nuanced sides to the issue. The exhibition is currently open to the public at the John Jay College.

The exhibition has an interesting mix of photographic and abstract depictions of scenarios and emotions.


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