Performance at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art 2011
Iris Brosch will create a tableau vivant in memory of the millions of women who have been tortured, silenced, and executed over the centuries. The violence was legally justified in a book called Malleus Malfeficarum, published in 1486. Up until recently this mass killing had not been properly recognized, lost to history. These atrocities against women are still happening today. Women are still being burned, maybe not by fire but by violent images in pornography, domestic violence, wars, the global sex trade, and contemporary stereotypes of how women should look and act. This is a tribute to the lost female wisdom and feminine essence that unites women as one spirit. It is also a call to ignite the flame of solidarity amongst women. With this female energy flowing, we can create a better future for the world.
In 2011, if woman dares to say no to man, he will burn her face with kerosene: in many parts of the world woman is killed by stoning. Even in Europe, many women suffer genital mutilation by castration and 37 types of infibulation.