In the United States, a rape is reported every
two minutes, totaling 720 victims per day. Cherokee artist Luzene
Hill will create an installation at UNC Asheville to help visualize
these statistics and raise awareness of sexual violence against
women. "Human Rites… the body and blood" will be on view October
14-November 14 in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union
Gallery. Our VOICE, a non-profit crisis intervention agency which
serves victims of sexual violence in Buncombe County, is the
community partner for this exhibit. The exhibition and all related
events are free and open to the public.
"Each day 720 dried rose petals will be added to a honeysuckle
basket in the center of the gallery," Hill said. "Between October 14
and November 14, a total of 24,480 petals will have spilled over
that basket. Each concave petal -- fragile and the color of blood --
represents a woman who has been violated."
In addition, a bell will ring every two minutes in the gallery to
remind patrons that a rape is reported every two minutes in the
A number of free community events are planned coincide with the
installation. These include:
-- The public installation process will take place October 5-9 in
the gallery. Please call ahead to ensure that the gallery is open
and that Hill is working. For more information, call 828/251-6991.
-- A reception with the artist will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 29, in the gallery.
-- Hill will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the
Hill is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She has
held solo installations at Western Carolina University, Emory
University, North Georgia College and State University, and the
Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. Her works are held in the
corporate collections of the Coosawattee Foundation, Harrah's Inc.
and Larson Juhl Inc., among others.
This project is
sponsored in part by
Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources
Preservation Foundation, the
Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians and Western
UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery is located on the
lower level of the Union. The Gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. For
more information, call 828/251-6991.