OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 20
Artists whose work investigates the attitudes and biases embedded in the U.S. justice system as evidenced by the sentences meted out to battered women who acted in self-defense but were convicted of murder and those of students convicted of sexual assault.
In the U.S., one-third of female murder victims are murdered by male partners, and women survive an estimated 4.8 million rapes and physical assaults each year at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends, according to the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project. Each year, the BGSU Silent Witness Unveiling reveals the deaths of girls and women in our region as a result of violence. In the vast majority of sexual assaults the perpetrators never serve time in prison—97 percent of cases, an analysis of Justice Department data by the anti-sexual violence advocacy group RAINN concluded. Recent rape cases on campuses have foregrounded this disturbing scenario, and the gender disparities in prosecution and sentencing.
Willard Wankelman Gallery
Andrea Bowers’ work addresses issues of feminism, politics, and community. “#sweetjane,” examines the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, high school rape case and its trial, drawing attention to issues of “rape culture” and the Internet-based activist group Anonymous, as well as to questions of ethics across social media platforms.
"The title Time Like Zeros is taken from a comment by one of eight female prisoners who narrate the film, as she contemplates the life sentence stretching ahead of her. It is echoed visually in the camera movement that encircles the prison, and in the circles of razor wire that whiz by as the scene moves from the exterior fence to the darkest cells of the prison. A sense of community and compassion can be sensed in the women's voices, yet contrasts with the footage shot by guards as they chain down a woman in the segregation unit."