Eye-poppingly gorgeous photography helps rape victims fight shame

Photo by Elisa L. Iannacone

I just had to give a shout out to this phenomenal exhibition being put on by Pen Works Media at the OXO Tower from tonight until Sunday.

Featuring the work of photojournalist Elisa Iannacone, the book of extraordinarily vivid images explores what it’s like to be the survivor of sexual abuse.

Publisher Jody Medland expanded on the book’s themes:

“Elisa was raped by a family member back home in Mexico, and when many of her relatives took the side of the attacker, she responded by travelling the world to interview men and women who had suffered horrendous sexual attacks in an attempt to build a project that fights against the shame they feel. The result was some of the most powerful images I’ve ever seen, and when I saw how the project helped 25 survivors of sexual abuse use art to deal with rape, I didn’t hesitate to offer a publishing deal.”

The exhibition is FREE, my darlings, and not only will you be able to see this wonderful work (just look at the images here, which Medland kindly let me reproduce), there are some amazing panel discussions and live music from 6pm each night till later. Saturday and Sunday will have events from 12 noon to late. Take a look at the listing for the Exhibition Programme – Spiral of Containment.

Photo by Elisa L. Iannacone

You’ll be able to hear from the assault survivors, join in the discussion on the justice system and much more. I can’t think of a more timely and life affirming body of work.

You can buy the book here:

The Spiral of Containment: Rape’s Aftermath

Please note: you’re guaranteed a signed copy when you buy directly from the Pen Works Media site. And if you’re going to the exhibition, simply click the “collection at the OXO Tower” option to save on postage, and your copy will be waiting for you at the Pen Works Media stand when you enter the venue.

Photo by Elisa L. Iannacone

I’ll definitely be going. See you there?

Love,

Sara-Mae

2 thoughts on “Eye-poppingly gorgeous photography helps rape victims fight shame

    1. Hello Elisa! It was wonderful project, beautifully presented. I was so happy I got to attend the panel talk you and some of the other subjects of the book gave. By the way, the sugar baby whom I interview in my podcast ‘The Sugar Baby Confessionals’ is also a sexual abuse survivor. If not for the fact that she’s chosen to remain anonymous in the podcast, she would have loved to approach you and chat to you. Thanks for your amazing work, you and all the ladies in your book (which I own!) rock.

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