BPM 2020/1: Unspoken – Lorena Ros

May 8, 6 pm
Kuća Legata / Heritage House
Knez Mihailova 46, Belgrade

Unspoken brings together portraits and testimonies of women and men from Spain, the United States and Mexico, who have suffered sexual abuse during childhood by family members, trusted people, priests and respected members of their community. For six years, Lorena Ros maintained a close relationship with these individuals. Through photographs and recordings of their testimonies, she encouraged them to share in public their traumatic experiences. In addition to this, she portrayed the places where the survivors suffered their abuse.

According to a study of Adverse Childhood Events, in western societies, 25% of women and 13% of men have been victims of sexual abuse before reaching the age of 17. Child sexual abuse is a crime that knows no socio-economic or cultural boundaries. What people who have suffered abuse have in common is guilt and the conviction instilled in them by their abusers that what happened should be kept secret. Although abuse is frequent and widespread, talking about it was taboo until a few years ago. Even today, after the Me Too movement aroused in western societies a global wave of awareness against the sexual harassment and sexual assault of women, in the rest of the world the issue is still shrouded in shame and its victims remain silent, forced to face their trauma and pain over and over again.
Curated by Natasha Christia

This exhibition has been organised through the essential support of Institut Ramon Llull that supports artist mobility, by which Catalan artist Lorena Ros is able to participate in Belgrade Photo Month Festival.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation nobody can enter the Gallery without wearing a mask as required by the Rep of Serbia regulations.

Visiting hours:
Tue – Fri / 14 – 19h
Sat – Sun / 12 – 15h