My submission is a photograph I took of an installation piece I staged in an alley near my home in Brunswick, Melbourne. I pass through this alley daily whilst walking from my tram to my house, but I avoid it at night. This project is a reactive approach to the fear felt commonly by women in dark places. I have created a safe and welcoming space that contrasts the dank and dark environment, to raise the question “what would it take to make us feel safe?”
Safe Places in Dark Spaces is a reaction to sexual harassment and violence against women and the restricted lifestyle we experience. I am targeting victim blaming and responding to remarks that I have read or heard in the media like â€˜women are not safe being outside aloneâ€™, and that they are â€˜asking to be taken advantage ofâ€™ if they do so. There needs to be a change in the attitude that we are unable to live and act freely like our male counterparts with out being labeled irresponsible. Most importantly I want to advocate awareness, protection, safety and prevention. The need is for protection, not for restriction and censorship.
-The Image is part of a larger project, including a soundscape. More can be found at http://safeplacesdarkspaces.tumblr.com/