Voices in the Desert


The individual work by Lacy was a performed installation calling attention to personal experiences of violence in an area surrounded by a vast, silent, and empty desert where women’s bodies were often found. An installation with sand and three lamb carcasses dressed as dancing show-girls was available for a week, during which time women would enter the space in solitude and write their experiences of violence on the wall. During the opening of the exhibition Lacy sat, nude and covered with mud, above the entry to the installation, a silent witness, while a consciousness raising session was held outside.

I was taken at gunpoint and driven to a place close to an open expanse of desert. I was beaten, stripped, raped, and then almost strangled to death. To this day I’m not sure why they didn’t kill me.
— written on the wall by rape survivor


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