"Emergency" Magazine asked me an illustration for their monthly coverage of murders committed against women by their relatives or friends. We are… Read More
"Emergency" Magazine asked me an illustration for their monthly coverage of murders committed against women by their relatives or friends. We are so used to see such topic depicted through the image of a woman disfigured by a black eye that we became almost desensitized and our eyes automatically turn away whenever we are faced by such imagery. I wanted something more engaging and also something that compel us to think further about the implications of violence because violence is not just a physical act, it is a will of annihilation against another person. That is the reason why I employed the metaphor of a disfigured old photo. It is an innocent scratching of paper but the implications are not innocent at all. What does bring someone to obliterate a person from photos if not a an insatiable will of annihilation?
The visual metaphor is meaningful and yet aesthetically pleasing enough to engage at first sight. I wanted to trick the desensitized viewer with an apparently pleasing illustration just as the doctor in ancient times used to put honey on the rim of a cup containing bitter medicine.
Emergency is an independent NGO founded in Italy but present in the UK, USA, Japan and Switzerland as well. It publishes a monthly magazine targeting the Italian market with 200.000 copies.
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