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Batsceba Hardy

There is a moment when tranquillity becomes more than lack of tension; when the gesture finds stability, the pupil lets the last residue go. It is a rebirth, or even more: it is the announcement that the violence has been neutralized and it falls to the ground like a clumsy, oversized dress. Now useless.
The photographic sequence you are observing follows this process of neutralization. It was necessary to reconstruct its moments to move on. But this time, behind the blurry glass of the conscience which is moving forward. Eyes we do not see, but whose gaze suffers through us. Arms pressing memories on the surface.
Photography can capture the feelings, shades and symbols of this unfolding, presenting them with the same urgency of communication, here and now: the happiness of the victim no longer victim, in a rediscovered spontaneity. Softness is discretion and respect: the fragile diaphragm of the lens – and glass – as the amniotic fluid that surrounds the fetus.
The record of the torments is left to the words of the protagonist; the photographic series accompanies and interprets this truth in ten acts: a complete series of images, which dissolves softly – as if lost into a remote sphere – to be observed from a distance.
Under the reassuring label ‘Anti-Violence Project’: the images, one by one; the flickering of her palms, the hands supporting her head, the crook of her neck.
Serenity comes out of violence: we know it; we can guess it.
The two women together, photographer and model, condemn violence: their agreement; image and corporeality; giving in and holding back, towards freedom.

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