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Seen + Heard

honey lazar | United States

Denis
I was 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18

SEEN + HEARD

Conversations about Sexual Assault, Abuse and Rape

Until #MeToo, people who were molested, raped, assaulted, or harassed were rarely seen and less frequently heard. News cycles change, and I wanted to keep the conversation visible and loud. 

Each person wore a white tee shirt, and I used a consistent lighting set-up painting a sameness of appearance.  Eye contact was difficult for some. Sessions often began with nervous laughter, and tears streaked faces when the mask of secret keeping was removed. Details of being molested by a family member, awakened in the night to rape,sexually harassed in the workplace, and molested during summer camp filled the studio. I felt angry, sad, numb, speechless, and ashamed that I hadn’t done more sooner.

The exhibit creates a conversation from the still images and participants’ narratives. T. Photographs of the telling, accompanied by recordings, comprise “Seen + Heard,” This exhibition bears witness - for their story cannot be heard until we stop and listen.

 

 

Honey Lazar

This exhibition creates a conversation between the rarely seen and less frequently heard individuals who have experienced sexual violence. The #MeToo movement gave voice to many who were molested, raped, assaulted, or harassed. I want to make visible and audible the stories coming from the shadows.

 

My initial outreach with subjects was via emails to friends asking for participants to be photographed in my studio while telling of their experience and making a short audio giving voice to the feelings kept secret for too long. Before going to art school, I spent 14 years in clinical social work.

I believe this is the work I trained to do, waited to do, and am deeply grateful to the strangers who volunteered to be photographed telling their assault stories.

 

Honey Lazar

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