I WILL NEVER BE SILENT

The project intends to show how art can help people overcome their traumas, promote the debate on the importance of abuse victims to report the violence they have suffered, re-educate men so they won't become abusers and educate the next generation in order for them to be a less violent one.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Every kind of abuse (physical, moral, psychological or religious)

creates an everlasting mark in an individual. In many cases, these

abuses become heinous crimes, like rape. And, most of the times, the

victims silence themselves, whether because they fear for their safety

and the safety of their children, because they think the abuser won't

be convicted, because they are ashamed or even because they think

they won't be able to support themselves without the abuser's help,

for they usually are a spouse or a member of the family.

I'll never be silent is a photo series that features the faces of

women from all over Brazil that have suffered harassment or sexual

abuse. In total there are 130 pictures, the number was chosen

because it represents the amount of women that are victims of

sexual abuse in Brazil every day. In each picture, we can see and feel

either pain, fear, resentment or anger. These photos are a way to give

voice to these women who silenced themselves their whole lives

because they couldn't get emotional and social support. The project

also intends to invite other women to speak up and not be silent

after suffering any sort of violence.

Many photo shootings were necessary to gather the amount of

pictures needed to create this exposition. In each session, the dozens

of women present went through a painful process, as each one of

them were, in some way, victims of harassment or abuse. When they

painted their own hands with red lipstick and pressed them against

their faces, they could feel again part of the pain they had felt in the

past. When they sat in front of the camera and they could feel the

light of the flashes, a cathartic process began and made them

contemplate all the memories that were well hidden in the back of

their minds. Many of them started to cry copiously and others

entered a state of profound hate or fear. When the session was over,

the women in the production team offered them their support, which

resulted in a sort of group therapy that allowed the volunteers to

open up and finally get the support they needed.

Many photo shootings were necessary to gather the amount of

pictures needed to create this exposition. In each session, the dozens

of women present went through a painful process, as each one of

them were, in some way, victims of harassment or abuse. When they

painted their own hands with red lipstick and pressed them against

their faces, they could feel again part of the pain they had felt in the

past. When they sat in front of the camera and they could feel the

light of the flashes, a cathartic process began and made them

contemplate all the memories that were well hidden in the back of

their minds. Many of them started to cry copiously and others

entered a state of profound hate or fear. When the session was over,

the women in the production team offered them their support, which

resulted in a sort of group therapy that allowed the volunteers to

open up and finally get the support they needed.