Intimate Transgressions


The ‘Comfort Women’ principally from Korea, China, the Philippines, Taiwan and other countries occupied by the Japanese, were abducted, forced into sexual slavery and treated with such extreme brutality, that most did not survive the war. Following the end of hostilities their plight was side-lined, no one was held accountable for their sufferings and their story was wiped from Japanese history books by those in power.

70 years on; organised war rape and genocide rape are now standard practise in many armed conflicts and women on every continent are affected. We wish to highlight this appalling abuse of human rights by presenting an exhibition where artists from all over the world explore the complex legacy bequeathed to our society by these destructive phenomena. While the exhibition will investigate individual and collective accountability, it will not be a documentary of horrors nor a mechanism for apportioning blame, rather it will speak of loss and resilience, of sorrow and our shared humanity; its purpose is to bring insight and perspective.

‘Intimate Transgressions’ poses questions about our personal, social and political responsibility to those whom we perceive as ‘other’, it confronts the issue that women in many parts of the world are still a long way from achieving the most basic human rights. Our project aims to contribute to a better public understanding of the institutional and individual violence towards women which occurs during conflicts. ‘Intimate Transgressions’ will address the need for justice, for reparation, for a reframing of how we deal with military conflict and for dialogue so that the victims’ voices can be heard.

烽火婦女淚


“慰安婦”群體中的女性主要來自於朝鮮,中國大陸,菲律賓,台灣,以及其他日本殖民地。這些婦女大多被綁架,或被誘騙而淪爲性奴隸,並遭遇了極端殘暴的對待,繼而在戰爭中喪命。隨著戰爭的結束以及戰後國際關系的變化,“慰安婦”尴尬的地位和處境使她們被社會邊緣化,且無人站出來對她們的遭遇負責。更有甚者,“慰安婦”制度被日本當權者從曆史教科書中抹去,視若不存在。

70年代發生的有組織有規模的戰爭侵略和屠殺行爲成爲了現代武裝沖突的效仿摹本,導致現如今在世界各大洲仍有許多婦女深受其害。我們希望通過這次的展覽,引起社會對濫用人權問題的關注。本次展覽由來自世界各地的藝術家們共同探討了這一哀傷的曆史遺留課題。此次展出作品僅代表作者對特殊個體的研究,既非恐怖紀錄片,也不以追究責任為目的,而是希望引起人類對同伴不幸遭遇的反思及共鳴。

“烽火婦女淚 – 兼哭慰安婦”向人類個人,社會以及對所謂的“他人”承擔的政治責任提出問題,指出在世界的許多地方的女性距離實現其最基本的人權還有很長的路要走。我們項目旨在促進社會大衆對女性在戰爭沖突中所受的暴力傷害産生更清晰的認識。“烽火婦女淚-兼哭慰安婦”將聆聽受害者的聲音,討論予以正義,補償的必要性,以及探討如何在軍事沖突中保護自己。


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