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14 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

Susan Meiselas, at La Bonne, Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison

Beginning with two photographic series by Susan Meiselas,Archives of Abuse (1991–92) and A Room of Their Own (2015-17), La Bonne, Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison and Fundació Antoni Tàpies are creating a space for discussion around the representation of gender-based violence.

In these series, Meiselas delves into the representations of male violence through shelters for battered women, their own stories and police records of male aggression against women.

In Archives of Abuse, Meiselas worked in conjunction with the San Francisco Police Department, accompanying them as they intervened to protect women who were victims of male violence. Respecting and protecting the identity of the victims, Meiselas closely followed the process of documentation and mediation of the agents.

A Room of Their Own is a project undertaken in collaboration with Multistory to address the problem of gender-based violence in the Black Country, a region of the UK. For this series, Meiselas developed a collaborative project with women seeking refuge in shelters in the region. The voluntary participants shared with the photographer their desire to be free. The starting point of this path is the room of their own that the reception centres facilitate.

The collaboration with La Bonne, Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison includes a discussion between Susan Meiselas and the TAMAIA. Viure sense violència and Drac Màgic collectives. Likewise, two films by Susan Meiselas, Voyages (1985) and Pictures from a Revolution (1991), will be screened in collaboration with the International Women’s Film Festival.

A Room of Their Own (2015-2017). © Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos, 2017.