June 09, 2008

Swoon & Tennessee Jane Watson

148 11th ave. (btw 20th & 21st St.) map

Last weekend the Swoon and Tennessee Jane collaborative exhibit, Portrait of Silvia Elena, opened at Honey Space. The installation is a memorial to Silvia Elena, a 17-year old girl who was murdered in Juarez, Mexico, in 1995 -- one of the many brutally killed there since the early 90s.

Housed underground, one must descend through a hole in the floor to get to the exhibit. There's a ladder to aid the descent, but at the opening last week one had to climb down rubble. Once underground in the long-sealed, candlelit sub-basement, visitors encounter a shrine dedicated to Silvia's memory while they hear the sound of dirt being cleared from Silvia's grave, the desert winds, and Silvia's mother speaking about her daughter.

The eerie setting "provides a window into the tragic and ongoing issue of femicide. Defined as a pattern of murder targeting women, to which authorities have often systematically turned a blind eye." The show runs through July 5th.

Read more about Honey Space's unique setup at Razor Apple.

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