Julia Krahn's St. Javelin at the Museo Novecento
On the occasion of the Day Against Violence Against Women, the German photographer's image series in Florence
On Friday, Nov. 25, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Novecento Museum in Florence renews its commitment against gender discrimination through the St. Javelin project, Julia Krahn's latest photographic series, in which the artist invites Ukrainian refugee women to tell their stories through images and interviews.
The project is named after St. Javelin, an image created and circulated during the war in Ukraine that depicts Our Lady holding an anti-tank missile, the javelin, a symbol of resistance. The new iconography of an armed mother reverses that of Mary holding her Son, calling to mind death and violence rather than life and love.
Ten flags bearing the portraits of Ukrainian refugee women are installed in the external loggia of the Museo Novecento, a kind of secular icons that impose themselves in space with all the strength and dignity of the message they convey, a message of resistance and peace. A second installation is made in the inner loggia on the second floor of the museum, where the Die Taube series is displayed, featuring eight photographs printed on poster paper (affiches) and reproduced in large format on the sacred theme of the Last Supper.
Also on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, today Nov. 25, 2022, the Museo Novecento is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission for all.