Multimedia exhibit explores domestic violence

Feb 01, 2019
Photo by: Patrisha McLean "Domestic abuse is like a cancer. It spreads and you don’t even realize it is spreading. I was so deep in denial that I believed I was keeping my children safe. But the target of an abuser’s hatred is never the only victim,” said Christine Buckley, owner of Christine’s Gallery frame shop in Lincolnville, pictured with sister “Finding Our Voices” participants Sophia, Lili and Joon.

Camden — Camden Public Library will present “Finding Our Voices,” Patrisha McLean's multimedia project on domestic abuse, for the month of February, as the first stop in a statewide tour.

“Finding Our Voices” documents women breaking the silence over the domestic abuse in their lives and includes photo portraits and audio of women telling their stories.

The show will be on view all month in the downtown library’s Picker Room. The opening reception is Valentine's Day — Thursday Feb. 14 — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a talk and slide show by the artist; a talk by survivors in the project; and a community discussion about domestic abuse.

“We are standing up and speaking out to show how much of this there is, hidden, all around us," McLean said. "We need to end the shame and stigma for the victims and get more accountability for abusers."

The sisterhood that has developed and is growing via the project includes a former TV news anchorwoman in Casco and an architect in Camden; to an artist in Ellsworth and prisoner in Windham and has been very healing, said McLean.

“These are some of the bravest, strongest, and kindest people I have ever met,” she said.

McLean, a photojournalist who lives in Camden, said it was important to her that the project launch in her hometown because of the support she has received here. She expressed thanks to the library’s Nikki Maounis and Cayla Miller for helping realize the project.

The “Finding Our Voices” exhibit is supported by the Maine Arts Commission, a Deborah Pulliam Social Justice Grant, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and local business consultant CJ Kenna, who created the graphics and is contributing a website, findingourvoices.net, to be launched Feb. 14.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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