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Creating a focus on domestic violence

A powerful body painting exhibition at Victoria University will focus attention on the complex issue of domestic violence.

If These Walls Could Talk will be created by almost 100 students who use body paint to camouflage 20 models against a background of intricate wallpaper panels.  

As the painting progresses, over a period of six hours for each model, they fade into the background of the wallpaper – a move steeped in symbolism which highlights the faceless victims of domestic violence.

Creative director Sam Pattison said the exhibition aims to show the lack of voice, fear and shame that women experiencing domestic violence feel – while showcasing the student’s body painting skills. It is estimated that one in six women experience domestic violence in Australia.

“Discovering that intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women was a real revelation,” she said.  “We wanted to help raise awareness of this issue and the exhibition is our students’ way of making a statement.

Money raised will support White Ribbon, Australia’s only national, male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Ms Pattison said the exhibition was community engagement at its best with many companies including wallpaper suppliers Graham & Brown, Bunnings and video production company Mass Motion donating time and services.

The media is invited to view and take photos at the exhibition.

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What: If These Walls Could Talk exhibition
When: Monday 17 October, 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: VU Metrowest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray.

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