Saturday, 14 June 2014

When Enough is Enough


The dignity of their elongated necks tells of women no longer accepting sexual violence of any kind. Their dignity is all the more momentous as Doaa Eladl has emphasized the body part that is our most vulnerable.


Doaa Eladl, June 12, 2014.
The drawing is a result of yet another shocking incident on the streets of Cairo this week, being but the latest of its kind and the one caught on camera. And so, this the level of - if not directly the kind of sentence awaiting, then the demand of the seriousness with which the matter must be seen in the future.

One could compare the line cutting their eyes into unrelenting halves to that of Ronald Searle's St. Trinian-girls ravaging their school, or see a glum Wednesday Addams as drawn by Charles Addams reflected in the little girl ...

But this is drawing on the monumental scale. Tiny in actual size, but with the orange/blue blocking setting off their resoluteness on a par with another great woman artist, Artemisia Gentileschi. She interpreted how the strongest neck can be slit by the even the most humiliated, when the willpower is at hand:


Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Slaying Holofernes, ca. 1611/12, Museo di Capimonte, Napoli.

The cartoon shown is courtesy of Doaa Eladl and must not be reproduced without her permission.


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