Opening reception: Saturday, January 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum
Voices is a multi-channel video installation focusing on domestic violence survivors.
Since 2013, artist Cat Del Buono has interviewed over 100 domestic violence survivors at shelters in Miami, Hartford, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., Naples (Italy), and, most recently, in southern Vermont and the Berkshires. She films only their mouths to keep the women anonymous.
When viewers walk into the exhibit, they encounter multiple, small monitors showing the lips of survivors sharing their personal experiences. Multiple voices talking at once create a symphony of unrecognizable words. Only when viewers approach an individual monitor do they hear the survivor’s personal and traumatic story. The necessity of this movement acts as a metaphor: as a society, we must not allow the epidemic of domestic violence and those who are affected by it to remain an invisible, inaudible crowd of statistics.
Panel on Violence Against Women
April 4, 1–2 p.m. ET via Zoom
In conjunction with Portraits in Red and Voices, the Panel on Violence Against Women will convene different experts to discuss what’s happening locally to prevent violence against women and protect those impacted by violence as well as to explore the role that the arts can play in raising awareness and sparking dialogue about important issues. Speakers include artists Cat Del Buono and Nayana LaFond along with Lindsay Brillon, executive director, and Rebecca King, housing advocate, from the Project Against Violent Encounters in Bennington. Elayne Clift, writer and social justice advocate, will moderate the discussion.
The Panel on Violence Against Women is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities.
For more information about the project, visit https://www.voicesproject.info/