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One and Other-Domestic Violence. 64/67

Domestic Violence on the Fourth Plinth (One and Other) performance art in Trafalgar Square, London.

 

Siliva performed a story based on domestic violence. The story started with her bewilderment at her character's situation, then portrayed the violence and ultimately, death.

 

This is my understanding of her attire.

The wedding dress represents her character's marriage. It is stained with dried blood to show her situation has been ongoing for some time. The dress is torn to show her marriage is damaged and her clothing underneath is black to reflect her view of the situation. The headgear is somewhat like a crown, only made of kitchen utensils to suggest the tedious drudgery of her existence. The gag in her mouth stands for her silence. During the act she tries to pull it out without success, showing she wants to speak out but will not through fear.

 

This was a stunning performance through mime and it was soon apparent that she was relating a story through performance art. At the end she received a well deserved ovation.

 

It's best to view the whole set to appreciate the story: www.flickr.com/photos/victius/sets/72157622530616920/

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Taken on October 3, 2009