word Ubakagi is a Congolese word for cutting meat from a dead animal.
This term is also used for raped women. A surviving rape victim
automatically falls down the order of rank, and ends up lower than an
animal. She gets’ banished by her family and the community.Rape has been
used as a weapon of war during the different conflicts that take place
in Congo. Using rape is an efficient way of offending and humiliating
the opposition. Black magic also plays a role in the use of rape.
Believing that the ashes of female reproductive organs have a magical
power when used for tattoos, the rape offenders could kill and mutilate
the victims after raping them.In most contexts the phallus is a symbol
of fertility. Ashkan Honarvar changes the symbol to an equipment of
abuse of power.Exploring the relation between the offender and power
Ashkan Honarvar, researches many different facets; the animal-like
behaviour of the rape offenders, the colonial history, the system and
rituals of how the rapes where executed & the effects of the act on
both offender & victim after the conflict has ended.
For other Ubakagi projects see this link: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Ubakagi/961195
All collages are handmade!