WOMEN‘S* SHELTER – Collaboration with Mirijam Heiler
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women / Alois Pupp Park, Brixen
AliPaloma and Mirijam Heiler followed the invitation from the municipality
of Bressanone to create a symbol for November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women*.
With a walk-in installation representing a protective shelter, they created an intimate pavilion in the park of Bressanone that honors the important work of women’s shelters. By engraving the number of the hotline against violence in Bressanone on the sign, they invite people in need to seek help. The perforations in the metal screen allow an interplay of visibility and invisibility. Those who stand beneath the cupola remain unrecognizable from the outside but from within, there is a view outward—a metaphor for finding a way out of violence.
The perforation also adds depth to the discussion by addressing the visibility and invisibility of the topic of violence and challenges the effectiveness of political decisions regarding adequate protection and investment in preventing and responding to gender-based violence.