1) Title: Dance With Me.
Medium: knitted photographs 350cm x 130cm
In this artwork I have knitted together images of Darfurian girls and women cultivating farmlands, seeking water and firewood with their traumatic stories of mass rape and violence.
The motivation to reproduce objects suggestive of the female body was prompted by the news of the Darfur Genocide, especially with reference to the mass slaughter and rape of Darfuri women and children in Western Sudan. The killings began in 2003 and was the first genocide in the 21st century.
Moreover, the Darfur genocide, an appalling, brutal and systematic attack against humanity seemed to evade the attentive eye of the international media, and the suffering of the Darfurian people was felt as a distant echo in the West. The artwork "Save the Last Dance for Me' could be seen as a reminder of the lost opportunities to take action and stand against this atrocity.
With this artwork I draw attention to the fact that rape and sexual abuse are not just a by-product of war but are used as weapons of war, as an orchestrated combat tool often used in ethnic conflicts as a way for attackers to perpetuate their social control and redraw ethnic boundaries.
2) Title: Inferno.
Medium: Knitted photographs
War and power have been recurring theme in my practice. During the Iraq war I was particularly concerned with the meaning of words such as ‘war’ and ‘peace’, and the different roles played out by ‘women’ and men’ in war time.
To explore these themes I have used photography, turning the media itself on its head, by deconstructing the conventional photographic form through the manipulation, cutting, bending and knitting of images to take the photograph beyond its traditional two-dimensional confines.
3)Title: Colour Coded Metamorphoses.
Medium: Mixed media
Women are often the victims or considered the price for the winner, hence the feminine dress as representation of the role of women in war. Anthony Stevens, for instance, in his book 'The Roots of War and Terror' provides insights into the nature and origins of armed conflict. He exposes war as an ancient propensity rooted in human psychology - particularly in the psychology and anatomy of the human male. In his view if women were in power there would be less wars.
To initiate a debate on this issue, I have chosen three iconic war photographs to put through a cultural colour metamorphosis: from military green colour to the cultural connoted pink.
The images chosen are:
The Falling Soldier (full title: Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, Cerro Muriano, September 5, 1936) is a photograph by Robert Capa, claimed to have been taken on September 5, 1936.
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945.
The Napalm girl burned in South Vietnam Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong Ut.