This is a community-based art project collecting and sharing stories from women across metro Vancouver of various age, class, and race; the common thread is experiences of child abuse. Child abuse refers to patterns of behavior rather than an isolated incident. The RCMP cites four main types of child abuse - Neglect, Emotional, Physical and Sexual. "Child abuse refers to any form of physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of a child whereby the survival, safety, self-esteem, growth and development of the child are endangered." For more detailed definitions, please visit their site here.
Experiences of child abuse may continue to haunt and harm us even decades later. Traumatic memories replay themselves over and over in our minds like a broken record. My last series of photographs "Repressions" conveyed ways in which traumatic or repressed memories can haunt us years later and manifest themselves in different ways, spilling out into the present.
This page has been set up to collect stories of traumatic incidents of childhood abuse from women and girls wishing to participate and reciprocally providing an opportunity to release your memories, allowing you a chance to be heard through this project. Selected stories may be shared in an upcoming contemporary art exhibition that seeks to provoke socio-political discourse on the topic of child abuse and adult survivors of abuse. Stories will be shared in a conceptual, visual manner. There is no guarantee that by sharing your story that it will be selected for exhibition, but I greatly appreciate all entries provided. Anonymity is provided to protect participants from any unintended and unwanted consequences.
In addition to sharing one of your experiences of family violence, you may wish to contribute to the greater understanding of the impact that abuse has on adult survivors of child abuse by completing this brief survey.
Holly Marie Armishaw retains full ownership of all images on this site unless otherwise specified., All images and written works by the artist, are protected under Canadian Copyright Law.