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Artist Alters World Leaders’ Photos to Show Violence Against Women

This Italian artist doctored images of world leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Michelle Obama for a campaign.

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Contemporary Italian artist and activist Alexsandro Palombo recently created a campaign about violence against women using pictures of famous women leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Hillary Clinton and American parliamentarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.

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"Just because I'm a woman" by aleXsandro Palombo - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Women protagonists of world politics as victims of gender violence - Chancellor Angela Merkel, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Brigitte Macron, Aung San Suu Kyi and Sonia Gandhi. - "Just because I'm a woman" I'm a victim of domestic violence - I get paid less - I’ve experienced genital mutilation - I do not have the right to dress as I want - I can't decide who I’m going to marry - I was raped ... Violence against women is a global issue that affects everyone, regardless of race, class or religion. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - #DomesticAbuse #DomesticViolence #violenceagainstwomen #violenciacontramulher #violence #violenzasulledonne #violenciadomestica #violenciadegenero #violenceconjugale #domesticviolencesurvivor #noustoutes #domesticviolenceawareness #WomenPower #Women #HumanRights #genderequality #Womenrights #WomanPower #michelleobama #hillaryclinton #angelamerkel #brigittemacron #violencesfaitesauxfemmes #Campaign #rapevictim #Feminism #Feminist #feminicidio #feminicidios #feminicide

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Palombo is famously known to use pop culture as a means for activism. He’s widely recognised for using the Simpsons’ and Disney characters to comment on political and socio-cultural themes. This isn't his first time working with doctored images to make a point – in 2015, a campaign he ran featured doctored photographs of US celebrities with bruised faces, the list included names like Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and even pop star Madonna.

In his current campaign too, the pictures of these women political leaders are shown battered and contused. The message on the posters reads- "I am a victim of domestic abuse. I am paid less. I've experienced genital mutilation. I do not have the right to dress as I want. I can't decide who I'm going to marry. I was raped."

The posters can be seen all around Milan.

This Italian artist doctored images of  world leaders like Sonia Gandhi and Michelle Obama for a campaign.
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Surely, these posters register longer with the audience because of their shock value. The overarching point the artist is trying to make with such famous faces is to remind people that women face violence on a daily basis and that the issue affects everyone, ‘regardless of race, class or religion’.

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