Do You Believe Me?
Artist Nieves Mingueza reworks archival images guided by a familiar statistic: one in three women experiences gender-based violence in her life.
The project plays on photography’s relationship with evidence, an element that becomes especially controversial when gender-based violence comes into play. “What do we need to “see” to be convinced of the accounts of women?” When can a photograph be considered a proof?
The surface of the images is violated by cuts, scratches, layering. The faces are erased, individuality is taken away. The photographs of women become hints to a context never unveiled, turning them into the numbers of an infamous statistic. In their mundane innocence, family archives often hide realities that the artist’s intervention drives attention to.