Donna Ferrato. Holy

- 21.08.2022
Organized by
Valladolid City Council and PHotoESPAÑA


Exhibition hall of the Church of the French
Santiago Street 22, 47001 Valladolid

Tue-Sun / Tue-Sun:
12.00 p.m. - 14.00 p.m.
18.30 p.m. - 21.30 p.m.

T: 983 37 32 51
Donna Ferrato. Holy

Holy collects a selection of photographs that portray the survivors of the dark side of family life.

In the book that shares the title with the exhibition, the American photographer continues the crusade undertaken in the 60s to make visible the consequences of violence on women.

Photographer Donna Ferrato embarked on a radical journey across America 50 years ago as women fought for equality both in the bedroom and on the boardroom. Holy follows her journey from the 60s sexual revolution to the current #metoo era. Holy's conception is forged in women's anger against a world that hates women. Ferrato's photographs show that women are capable of surviving.

More than surviving, what Holy represents is women who prevail. It is an invitation to understand how he feels who is despised by the patriarchy he fights against and how he manages to keep alive the desire to live and courage. Dona's images reveal the woman's body in all its glory and monstrosity, including her own. Perhaps these photographs manage to move, whether the viewer is cis or trans, young or old, male or female. The survival of humanity depends on women. They must embrace their instincts, desires, mental strength and energy. The exhibition's title book includes some of the work featured in a previous publication, Living with the Enemy (Aperture 1991), which sold nearly 40.000 copies. In it, Ferrato documented the effect of domestic violence on the women and their children who had suffered it.

Photographing in emergency rooms, in reception centers, courthouses or detention centers, Ferrato has portrayed the dark side of family life. Since then, Ferrato has dedicated her career to helping to make violence against women visible through her work, and, in doing so, has contributed to changing the public's view of how abuse by society is perceived, the health personnel and law enforcement.