Some things my father put inside my vagina / Co mi otec strkal do vagíny
Exhibition view, 2017
a series of discussions
The exhibition 'Some things my father put inside my vagina' took place on the billboards of gallery ArtWall in Prague. It was the first time this kind of an autobiographical testimony appeared within the Czech public space. The exhibition was accompanied by a series of panel discussions on rape culture held at tranzitdisplay. The titles of the discussions refer to questions often posed to survivors of sexual assault in a victim-blaming manner. In collaboration with with the magazine A2, we also prepared a special edition dedicated to the subject.
Project partners: Gender Studies, o.p.s., Jako doma – Homelike, o.p.s., Konsent, z. s., Sociologický ústav AV ČR, Kulturní čtrnáctideník A2, A2larm, tranzit.cz & display.
what did you expect?
living rape culture
Rape culture is not just about sex. It is present all around us: in commercials as well as in causal conversations, in job interviews and classrooms. In the discussion we will attempt to underline the sociopolitical structures enabling and supporting it. How is gender inequality connected with sexual violence? Shall we simply ignore name-calling? And how does rape culture affect each and every one of us?
Moderator: Alma Lily Rayner
Panelists: Blanka Nyklová, Lenka Vochocová, Petra Vláčelová, Apolena Rychlíková
why didn’t you report it?
state institutions & political structures
We generally perceive the police or the courts as institutions aiming to achieve justice for survivors of sexual violence. However, these institutions have an additional role – for instance, they determine what counts as a sexual assault, or who may be considered a “victim”. The discussion will focus on the sociopolitical function of the following institutions in building and maintaining power relations in our society.
Moderator: Silvie Lauder
Panelists: Lucia Zachariášová, Klára Kalibová, Lucie Šídová, Johanna Nejedlová
why didn’t you fight back?
the concept of 'expert by experience'
In Czech culture the discourse surrounding sexual violence is primarily dictated by traditional experts- from mental health professionals we may hear about it’s consequences, researches are conducted in the academic sphere and the media, far too often, speareds sensational myths. Meanwhile, in other countries, it has been established that the discourse shifted due to the engagement of survivors. In the discussion, we will explore the concept of 'expert by experience' and it’s vital importance within the fight for human rights.
Moderator: Apolena Rychlíková
Panelists: Lenka Vrbová , Zuzana Kříčková, Eva Svobodová, Marie Feryna
why didn't you say something?
an evening of sharing
The discussion will be open to every person willing to share their experience involving various forms of sexual violence, from verbal harassment to rape. Each participator will concentrate on a sociopolitical aspect of their personal experience.
Moderators: Alma Lily Rayner & Jitka Kolářová
For more info & related articles, please use the following links:
Info in Czech
Articles from the A2 issue on rape culture:
Yael Sherer: The Barrier was broken
Blanka Nyklová: Znásilnění jako politikum
Lenka Vochocová: Obhajoba mocných mužů
Video interview, Apolena Rychlíková, Studio Alarm, in Czech with English & Polish subtitles
Nejsem jen číslo z anonymní statistiky, Naďa Straková, Lidové noviny
Sexuální násilí je politický problém, Kateřina Havlická, iDNES.cz
Racionalizace domácího násilí: Výstava na Artwall hledá vztah feminismu a nových technologií, Anna Remešová, A2 č.4/2017
Líbivost předmětů doličných, Karina Kottová, Artalk magazine
Na nábřeží šokuje kontroverzní výstava, Blesk.cz
What my father put inside my vagina?, Letmekoo.lt/leiskmankukuoti, in English & Lithuanian