By Cassidy Fox, 23News Reporter and Isabel Lohman, 23News Digital Director

The “It Happened” art exhibition focuses on the issue of sexual violence through artwork by local and national artists. The exhibit is in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery located in the MU’s Fine Arts Building. It is open until Sept. 21.

The exhibit is made to raise awareness about sexual violence and provide support for those who have been affected by it.

Katina Bitsicas, interim director of the Digital Storytelling Program, says she found artists by recollecting work from other exhibitions, work from her students and online work. She wanted different mediums and representations of gender in order to show that sexual violence can affect anyone.

Bitsicas’ goal is to “provide support for one survivor or change the mindset of one individual.”

The issue of sexual violence is discussed on college campuses across the country. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

Jordan Keller, a cinematographer for one of the videos shown at the exhibit, said his overall purpose was to raise awareness about the effects of sexual violence.

His video depicts a woman walking on the MU campus alone at night when he then whistles at her. He described the situation as “really awkward and uncomfortable.” He said that he wanted the video to “portray discomfort.”

He hopes contributing to this piece shows that men are trying to stop sexual assault as well.

The exhibit had brochures and an 8-inch by 11-inch paper with various resources available.

The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center has campus and community resources on its website. The center itself is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the basement of the student center.

The exhibition is open from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 21.

 

Edited by Isabel Lohman | iplp54@mail.missouri.edu

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