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Shattered 2007

Contemporary Stories of Surviving Sexual Violence

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Princess Hymen
War Crime

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Edmund de Waal essay
Catalogue text

Why would anyone want to use clay pots to tell stories about surviving sexual violence? It's the “surviving” bit that's important. Clay pots are long lasting. They invite contemplation. They are a primary source of evidence from archaeological sites. They can be shattered and pieced back together. These pots tell the forgotten stories, the ones left behind after the journalists and NGOs have departed, the ones the editors ignored because they didn't fit the “real rape” template. The perpetrators are known, they are not the strangers in the dark alley; the woman survives, lives on beyond the aftermath, into a slightly altered life. Or it might be dramatically altered. Or she may not have survived, or not into the long term. In Britain we inhabit a society which has become far too tolerant of male violence, too afraid to name the perpetrator; and we have a criminal justice system which has proved itself incapable of condemning any man who rapes. Shattered is an act of mourning, a memorial, a protracted mending process, and an exploration of the different form that emerges from the mending. It celebrates survival, but it's also a call for action.

Claudia Clare 2007

This is dedicated to all those women who have shared their stories, either with me or whose stories are on public record. All names and identities are assumed.

Thanks are due to all who have helped with and supported this project: Edmund de Waal, Christie Brown, Tony Moody, Philip Lee, Centre of Research & Education in Art & Media (CREAM) PhD programme, The Bosnia Institute, and The British Museum. Particular thanks are due to individuals who have given help and cooperation over and above ‘the call of duty'; these include: Kathryn Edwards, Celia Jenkins. Anastasios Maragiannis, Zemirah Moffat, Maria Lopez and Emma Shaw.

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