Thursday, April 16, 2015

Patricia Cronin's 'Shrine For Girls' at Venice Biennale pays tribute to young female martyrs

By Priscilla Frank
Photo by Doug Schwab
ITALY---"Shrine for Girls," Cronin's upcoming site-specific installation appears at the 16th century Chiesa di San Gallo, part of the Venice Biennale, starting on May 9. Initially, the piece simply resembles a colorful pile of clothing; garments worn throughout the world. However, the solemn and jarring piece actually honors the young women from around the world whose lives were unjustly cut short. [link]
Patricia Cronin, Shrine for Girls, Venice, La Biennale di Venezia - 56th International Art Exhibition 'Saris', 2015, Installation View
The work addresses three horrific atrocities that plagued girls around the time of the piece's inception:
  1. the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria;
  2. the two teens gang raped, murdered and hung from trees in India; and 
  3. the young women forced into labor at the Magdalene asylums and laundries in Ireland.