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TOUR & ARTIST TALK: Rape in the Social Context

  • Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY (ground floor) 860 Eleventh Avenue New York, NY 10019 (map)

accompanying the exhibition
Representations of Rape in  Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S.

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
September 4 – November 2, 2018, Mon-Fri 10-6 PM

The evening starts with a tour of the exhibition with curator Monika Fabijanska. Following Christen Clifford’s (New School) introduction to the history of rape, artist Jennifer Karady will discuss her Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan project - her exploration of combat trauma, military sexual trauma and her collaboration with U.S. veterans, while Ada Trillo will talk about her project How did I get here? in the context of women trafficking, rape and prostitution, and feminicidios – violent homicides of women on the U.S.-Mexican border. Moderated by professor Shonna Trinch (John Jay College).


Christen Clifford is a feminist performance artist, filmmaker, writer, curator, professor and mother. She teaches "The Body in Performance Art" and "Rape Culture and Sexual Justice" at The New School. Clifford is the co-chair, with Jasmine Wahi, of The Feminist Art Project's national symposium in 2019: RAPE, REPRESENTATION AND RADICALITY. Performance art shown at The New Museum, PS122, Postmasters Gallery, ArtShareLA; for The No Wave Performance Task Force she was lead artist on #wewishanamendietawasstillalive; writing published in Broadly, The Guardian, and Filmmaker Magazine. 2018 Feminist-in-Residence at Project for Empty Space. 2018 Screen Forward Fellow at IFP. NYFA and NYSCA recipient. @cd_clifford

Jennifer Karady has worked with American veterans since 2006 to create staged narrative photographs that reveal how their experiences of war infiltrate their daily civilian lives. The series Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan was shown at such venues as the Palm Springs Art Museum, CA, 2014; Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2014; Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 2013; and CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, 2011. Karady participated in numerous group shows including at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, 2017; Preus Museum, Oslo, 2017; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, 2016; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, 2016; The Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, 2013; and Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, 2006. Public collections include SF MOMA and The Albright Knox Gallery. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ada Trillo is a photographer and painter, exploring cultural heritage and socio-political issues on the U.S.-Mexican border where she was born. She has a BA in Fashion Design from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy and BA in Marketing from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Trillo’s photographs are in the permanent collection of The Philadelphia Museum of Art and have been reviewed in The Huffington Post, CBS Philly, Philadelphia Weekly, Al Dia News, Telemundo 51, and The Candid Frame podcast. Trillo has spoken at conferences on human trafficking. She lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Shonna Trinch is Associate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at John Jay College. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Spanish Linguistics. She has conducted fieldwork in the U.S. Southwest where she spent 13 months studying the ways in which Latina women and sociolegal authorities in 10 different institutional settings collaborate and conflict in the creation of narratives of domestic abuse. Trinch has published extensively on these topics. Her current research focuses on gentrification, urban redevelopment and linguistic landscapes in Brooklyn, NY.

Image: Jennifer Karady, Former Specialist Brittny Gillespie, 139th Military Police Company, 16th MP Brigade, U.S. Army, veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with Volunteers of America-Los Angeles Battle Buddy Elizabeth Saucedo and friend Corey; Los Angeles, CA, 2014, from the series Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, chromogenic color print, 48 x 48 in. ©2014 Jennifer Karady. Courtesy of the artist