Dis­play tack­les do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A con­fronting pub­lic art dis­play will tour Auck­land to bring home an im­por­tant mes­sage about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Pon­sonby-based artist Man­dalina Stanisich first dis­played her art in­stal­la­tion Top Se­cret at Queen Eliz­a­beth II Square in Novem­ber last year ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Novem­ber 16).

The 2.2 me­tre struc­ture rep­re­sents a house which on the out­side is con­ven­tional but on the in­side con­tains el­e­ments of the suf­fer­ing caused by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

A badly beaten box­ing bag held to­gether with tape rep­re­sents old scars while a baby’s rat­tle calls at­ten­tion to how chil­dren are of­ten vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

‘‘While I have been very for­tu­nate to grow up in a lov­ing fam­ily sur­rounded by love and sup­port, other peo­ple aren’t so lucky,’’ Ms Stanisich says.

‘‘Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a prob­lem that ex­ists within ev­ery sec­tion of so­ci­ety.’’

Ms Stanisich says she re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back on the in­stal­la­tion last year.

She aims to reach as many dif­fer­ent de­mo­graph­ics as pos­si­ble and is tak­ing the piece on a ‘‘road­show’’ to five dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Auck­land to build up to the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence against Women or White Rib­bon Day on Novem­ber 25. The work will be dis­played at Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal from Novem­ber 21 to 28.

Go to givealit­tle.co.nz and search Man­dalina Stanisich, or see op­ti­caldelu­sion pro­duc­tions.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

No se­cret: Artist Man­dalina Stanisich wants to raise aware­ness about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence with her trav­el­ling work Top Se­cret.

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