Lucrece

site specific installation, text written in lipstick on window of a hotel's room, empty cup of coffee, text quotes and refers to the poem: Willam Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece (1594)



Lucrece, like so many of Shakespeare's historical tragedies, problematizes the categories of history and myth, of public and private, and exemplifies the bewildering nature of historical parallels. The self-conscious rhetorical display and the examination of representation is daringly politicized, explicitly, if inconclusively, connecting the aesthetic and the erotic with politics both sexual and state. At the time of its publication, Lucrece was Shakespeare's most profound meditation on history, particularly on the relations between public role and private morality and on the conjunction of forces – personal, political, social – that creates turning points in human history._ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-shakespeare

'The December of 2012 a young girl is raped and killed by 5 men in India. The event causes multiple demonstrations against the infringement of women rights and the unbelievable big number of rapes that take place unpunished in contemporary India (dozens of thousands every year according to statistics).
From the raping motives met in myth and literature (Leda and Danae raped by Zeus – in a rather beautifying mythical frame-the abduction of Lapith women by the Centaurus, Dostoevsky's Matriosa and Shakespeare's Lucrece who commit suicide after their disgrace, among others) to the rough reality of India events, as well as the local similar case which had happened in Czechoslovakia in 1976 and went into history as 'Cervanova case' (a medical student brutally raped and murdered by a group of 7 men, etc.) and many many more other cases not becoming widely known, or even known at all, since raped woman is considered disgraced, the woman victim of carnality, trafficking, pornography, and general violence, domestic or not, is the symbol of the weak's exploitation by the powerful and the domination through fear, not only in the sexual but in a wider socioeconomical level.
This way raping is becoming a political act par excellence, an act not just sexist, but mainly violent and dominant, paying homage not only to the violated woman through time but to every oppressed and raped human being by any kind of power.'

txt by Gelly Grindaki

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/Poetry/RapeOfLucrece.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2252169/India-rape-protests-Extraordinary-courage-rape-victim-lost-intestines-horrific-attack.html