Jaishri Abichandani
the rape of....

collection of Florian Peters Messers
2007
collage on canvas
8 x 10 inches


The female body featured is the figure of a woman extracted from Jacques-Louis David's The Intervention of the Sabine Women (1799), in which the acts of women during a bloody battle promote understanding between the King of Rome and the Sabines. By appropriating one of the women from David's piece, Abichandani launches a critique of the artist's choice to use women's bodies for acts of violent reconciliation. The work relates to the rape and murder by Allied troops in Afghanistan of a 15 year old girl, here recontextualised and commenting on the violent repetition of history, and the brutal objectification of women and their bodies.
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