Artist Yana Mazurkevich's haunting photo series on sexual assault has been powerfully reframed as a response to one of the most horrific, infuriating court cases in recent American history.
Mazurkevich, who is an in-house featured artist for Current Solutions — a platform that uses survivors' own stories to spread awareness about sexual assault, gender-based violence and intimate partner violence — originally produced the piece for Sexual Assault month in April. The organization was so moved by her work they decided to tie it into the Brock Turner case.
Turner's victim, who has remained anonymous, shared her court statement with BuzzFeed. It has since gone viral, and garnered her support from vice president Joe Biden among others. In this chilling series, Mazurkevich and Current Solutions include quotes from the victim's statement.
"Most people know the statistic one in four women are assaulted during their college career, but what most people don’t realize is that this happens to one in four women they know," Maxwell Fong, co-founder of Current Solutions, said in a statement shared with Revelist.
The combination of Mazurkevich's photos and the victim's words tell a harrowing and necessary story about the reality of sexual assault.
"So one year later, as predicted, a new dialogue emerged. Brock [Turner] had a strange new story, almost sounded like a poorly-written young adult novel with kissing and dancing and hand holding and lovingly tumbling onto the ground, and most importantly in this new story, there was suddenly consent. One year after the incident, he remembered, 'Oh yeah, by the way she actually said yes, to everything, so.'"