Dec 03, 2015
Contemporary artist aleXsandro Palombo has created a series of artworks to commemorate the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women which fell on Nov 25 this year, imagining top female celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Gwyneth Paltrow as victims of domestic violence.
Titled "Life can be a fairytale if you break the silence," Palombo's goal in creating these works is to persuade victims to speak out against their abuse, and to raise awareness that nobody is immune from domestic violence, not even those living the fairytale-like life of celebrities.
"Domestic violence is a social cancer that knows no boundaries ," said Palombo. "It can affect anyone, whether you're an ordinary person or a celebrity."
According to the United Nations (UN), 30-70 per cent of women worldwide will experience some form of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.
It is classed as a global pandemic and it can take place in public and private. Given that many abused women originate from Africa and the Middle East, it may be easy to brush off this abuse as a 'third world' problem, endemic to 'less developed' nations.
However, the UN estimates that up to 55 per cent of women in the European Union have experienced abuse.
Palombo's previous works include his depiction of Disney princesses as breast cancer survivors, and cartoon characters as victims of domestic abuse.
His works aim to raise awareness and reflection about important social and cultural issues.
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