Elisioni Permanenti is a project born with the purpose to spread the theme of violence against women by means of photographic images and poetic verses which could be able to explicit the change of a woman victim of violence. Images are not images of explicit violence, rather, what we want to underline, is exactly what couldn’t be seen by the eye of one who looks: their inwardness and their becoming object in the hands of the man who brutalizes and rapes her not only physically but also and especially psychologically.
In photographies women are represented as mannequins, symbol of the objectification and dehumanization to which leads violence. The perfect outward appearance of these women is counterposed, following repeated violences, to a drying up of her own self, a loss of consciousness, and the drying up of all the forces necessary to react to a situation of physical and psychological submission. This drying up is represented by arid and gaunt landscapes joined to the images of each mannequin. The couple mannequin/landscape shows an iconographic universe of silence, loneliness, mania and fear. The woman became a doll, a mannequin, a dress but everywhere is possible to breath her presence. The proposed images are at the same time rarefied and elegant but also of a strong emotional impact as the many women which testimonies have been collected to elaborate this theme: a great dignity go along this women during their descriptions which could’t leave not emotionally involved and is exactly this involvement that images hope to reproduce. The ultimate purpose of this project, in fact, is not only to show a reality of violence but also to raise awareness on a theme too often treated with superficiality especially by men. In this case we can talk of a male eye on this theme because the images and the verses are realized by men who tried to enter in a alternative female universe made of violence, fear and fragility and translate it in the universal language of art to make it free from every gender difference.
Not only images, but also the worlds which accompany the photographic duets and want to create a stronger emotional involvement for the reader by means of a polyphonic dialog between images, words, men, women and everyone who could join it as reader, listener, visitor. Verses are as a song of sorrow of woman who try again to fight her persecutor but remain embedded in what is never explicitly called love or hate or fear. Instead in this words women express their disgust agains men, agains herself and agains a society for which they remain invisible.
To fight this invisibility in which women victim of physical and psycological violence are closed, we think that this project could contribute by divulgation to bring new reflections in women and men to which we hope to lead our message. Every cultural change is based on different means of information and formation and a literary and photographic gallery should be one of these. Through the knowledge of literary and photographic instruments, the spectator is motivated by intellectual curiosity and can find new cues of reflection.