Xanthi Kaldeli

Razor blade #4


Iron, patina

Love hurts three times

The work presented here is the result of my research on gender-based violence, represented through Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is an extremely complex phenomenon, given its strong links with tradition and associated sense of belonging-ness. Therefore, the starting point of this project is the blade both conceptually and materially.

The installation consists of 50 blades-brooches, made out of different materials and textures. The blade, as symbol of this practice, multiplies and repeats, taking different forms, each time representing different women, countries, traditions and justifications.