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Asking For It

Tue – Thu, 11am – 4pm

Preview 13 October, 5 – 7pm

Shieldfield Art Works

'Asking For It' is a series of photographs that aims to highlight and change historical and current tendencies toward victim blaming, especially in cases of sexual and gender based violence. 

Jayne Jackson, MA, BA (Hons) is a Commercial Photographer and PhD student at Arts University Bournemouth. She created the multi award-winning photographic art series named Asking For It over a 3-year period.  Based on multiple case studies, the images highlight victim blaming in cases of sexual violence through the clever use of historical styling and ‘mugshot’ format.

Using make-up artists, actors and historical photographic techniques, Jayne created a series of 23 ‘mugshots’ each representing a different decade and each depicting a reason to victim blame — for example, ‘flirted’, ‘wore red’, or ‘swiped right’.  The fascinating body of work is the result of twelve months of specialist research.  Asking For It includes intriguing images, taken using historic wet plate collodion methods, which were inspired by research at The Dorset History Centre.