Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:30 p.m.Stirn Auditorium • 115 Mead Art Museum
Donna Ferrato's photographs heighten public awareness of domestic violence. In 1982 she was hired by Japanese Playboy to photograph couples who epitomized the wealthy American lifestyle of the early 1980s. After witnessing the husband of one of those couples brutally beat his wife, Ferrato embarked on an independent documentation of domestic violence in the United States. She spent several years visiting women's shelters, emergency rooms, and prisons, and traveling with police to make contact with people involved in domestic violence. Her photographs on this subject were published in Life, The New York Times Magazine, Time, USA Today… In 1991, [she published], Living with the Enemy, and [founded ]the Domestic Abuse Awareness Project, which produces photographic exhibitions on domestic violence to raise money for women's shelters. She uses only black-and-white film, and thus avoids exploiting the victims' suffering through the sensationalizing effects of color. Hers is an important and effective body of work that continues to insist on photojournalism's potential for social change.
(from “Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection”)
Sponsored by the Departments of Art and the History of Art, Women's and Gender Studies,
and the Office of the President. Free and open to the public.
A Reception will Follow the Talk, outside of Stirn