Shown at 3 Tates Pl., January 2023
Diffusion of Responsibility
By Catherine Dunn
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In response to the 19th World’s Congress’ theme “Securing Human Rights in Times of Crises,” Catherine Dunn reflects upon her personal experiences and her professional background in human rights advocacy. She challenges the western culture’s understanding of crises as being restricted to developing countries and raises the question of how far we have really come in social change for human rights.
“Luck of the draw” is a culmination of both Dunn’s personal experiences and professional observations of the continued discrimination towards minorities in regard to the implementation gap between human rights legislation and practice. She draws upon her personal experiences of biphobia, audism, ableism and sexism to challenge the narrative of privilege across generations and throughout world.
“War Crimes” is her personal reflection of sexism as a young woman growing up in the 21st century. Inspired by the debate of a fourth wave of feminism and the #MeToo movement, she references the age-old phrase “beauty is pain” and the questions the standards it sets for society. Through an allegory depicting the female body as the battlefield of sexism, Dunn challenges the notion that the war against women is only fought by men.