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Anti-Portraits

 Anti-Portraits 

Ongoing Series



"Anti-Portraits: They Are Killing Us", 2017. 

According to the extraordinary investigative reports of the journalist FridaGuerrera Villalvaso,  more than 2,000 women and girls were victims of violent crimes and femicides during 2017 in Mexico. An average of 7 women a day are killed, and 90% of the victims will never get justice. These statistics are loud and clear: in Mexico, they are consistently killing women. But Mexican women are not just dying, they are being murdered at alarming rates and in horrific circumstances. 






















"Anti-Portraits", 2016. 

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. 
    Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
                                        - Margaret Atwood


"Anti-Portraits: For Sale", 2016.  
On 2009, Hillary Clinton became the first Secretary of State to address Human Trafficking by releasing a report, which led President Obama in January 2010 to issue a proclamation naming January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. 
Human trafficking and slavery affect mostly women and children. Women and girls are kidnapped to be sexually exploited. In 2016, human trafficking became for the first time in history more profitable than drug trafficking. Meanwhile, there are more humans enslaved today than any other time in human history. 



"Anti-Portraits: For Sale, 2016
"Sitting in the garden, Karla Jacinto looks at the flowers. Her voice cracks when she recalls the number '43.200'. 43.200 is the number of times she was raped, by 30 men a day, seven days a week, for four years,  43.200" 
Text from the testimony of Karla Jacinto, a survivor of Human Trafficking and Advocate of the Commission United Vs Human Trafficking, Mexico. 
Karla is just one of millions of victims kidnapped for sexual trafficking, which has become the second most lucrative illegal business after arms trafficking, displacing drug trafficking to third place.
Source, CNN Freedom Project. 


"Anti-Portrait: For Sale", 2016
Forced labor involves a great deal of the goods we consume every day, and many are made by children. The most common goods produced by forced labor are sugar, coffee, cocoa, cashews, rice, footwear, clothing, cotton, bananas, diamonds, rugs, and carpets. We can stop human trafficking and slavery by developing awareness of the items we bring to our home and support "Fair Trade" goods such as rice, sugar, and coffee. 


"Anti-Portraits: Repress Me", 2016. 

People classify women in one category or another, in order to define them according to their own expectations of what it means to be a woman. Through these categories, they are able to cope and deal with a woman who does not conform to stereotypes gender norms.
 


"Anti-Portraits: Slut", 2016

No one asks what the sex offender was wearing at the time of the crime. 
No other crime so carefully scrutinize the victims, who are asked to prove their "decency' in order to validate the crime committed against them. 
Do not tell women what to wear, tell men not to rape.
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted: and the younger, the greater the risk of sexual assault.
Native Americans are at the greatest risk of sexual assault, being twice as likely to experience rape/sexual assault compared to all races.
Source rainn.org

"Anti-Portraits: Kill Me", 2016
"The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex-male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the number of casualties lost during the war. 85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women; 15 percent are men." 
Source, Domestic Violence Statistics. 

"Anti-Portraits: All I Ever Wanted", 2016
All ever wanted was to be the most beautiful girl in the room. I wanted them to gossip about my beauty and glamour. I wanted other women to envy and admire me. I wanted men to desired me, to fantasize about me. I tried.  I tried. I tried really hard. I put on the right makeup, but I can't quite make it. There is always another woman,  more beautiful, with better eyebrows, who took a better selfie. "The U.S. beauty industry reached $16 billion in 2015, a 7 percent increase over 2014. Makeup experienced the healthiest sales growth (13 percent)" 
Source,  The NPD Group.