Black Glove, White Glove

Nov 25, 2005 - Nov 25, 2005

Santa Maria Square, Lugo

Santa Maria Square
Lugo, Spain

Time: A day.
Phone Number: 0034622665703
Contact: Luz Darriba

Black Glove, White Glove (Luz Darriba work): World Day Against Gender Violence, 2005
Black glove, white glove was an installation made in Santa Maria Square, enclave in which are the cathedral of Lugo, the seat of the Bishopric and the headquarters of a very important bank. This enclave was deliberately chosen for this action. It took place on November 25, 2005 and consisted in the installation on the floor of the square of 30,000 pairs of gloves: fifteen thousand black and fifteen thousand white. Half of these gloves had been hand-painted by a group of volunteers, since no local company wanted to dye them in black.

The intention of this work was to plant a public debate about physical violence and symbolic violence against women, both symbolized in black and white gloves, respectively. The gloves were placed across the surface of the square by a group of women associated to get out of prostitution. There were also several notebooks where people who wanted to write their impressions of violence against women. More than two hundred testimonies were collected throughout the day. There was a endearing popular contribution to the project. The Concellaría de Muller and Social Welfare of the Council of Lugo sponsored this work, which turned out to be the cover of the newspaper El País, on November 26, 2005. That day of November was particularly cold and rainy, a fact that did not intimidate the volunteers or the people who came to participate in one way or another. The plastic effect with the running during the day and the sleet was very beautiful. Once the work was uninstalled, the gloves were recovered; it was sold at a symbolic price of € 1. All the proceeds were personally delivered to the representative of the Association La Luciernaga, Guatemala. The headquarters of this association of women in the fight against gender violence had been burned down a short time ago. This work had a notable media impact and appears in the book Esthetic of the edge, artistic practices and violence against women in Latin America by the researcher Claudia Mandel Katz, edited by the University of Costa Rica. I thank each and every one of the women in that group who installed the gloves and contributed to a personal and collective catharsis, as well as the artist Ana Costas who accompanied the whole process and the photographer Aymará Ghiglione who painted thousands of gloves and documented the different parts of the intervention.

Event Type: Public Art Action