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Artist shows beaten faces of famous women for campaign against violence

January 17, 2020 12:47 IST
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An Italian artist has created a campaign featuring doctored images showing battered faces of high-profile women to highlight the issue of violence against women.

The "Just Because I am a Woman" campaign created by AleXsandro Palombo, which is currently on display in Milan, features altered portraits of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and French First Lady Brigitte Macron.

The campaign also features US Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


"I am a victim of domestic abuse. I am paid less. I've experienced genital mutilation,” reads a message underneath each of the posters. “I do not have the right to dress as I want. I can't decide who I'm going to marry. I was raped."

The posters note that such violence against women does not differ between races, classes or religions.

In a statement, Palombo said he created the posters "to illustrate the drama that affects millions of women throughout the world... with the aim of denouncing, raising awareness and obtaining a real response from institutions and politics."

The contemporary artist and activist is the author of similarly shocking campaigns such as 'Disabled Disney Princesses' and 'The Simpsons Go To Auschwitz'.

Another campaign he ran in 2015 featured doctored photographs of US celebrities' battered faces such as actors Kristen Stewart and Angelina Jolie and pop star Madonna.

Photographs: AleXsandro Palombo/Facebook.

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