Presence of an Absence

Turning attention away from the perpetrator to could give the victims of violence a name and a face. Presence of an Absence exposes the real human loss and pain experience by the victims of violent crime.


Presence of an Absence is a live art event which takes form as a symbolic protest in reaction to violence around the world. Lead artist and organiser, Georgianna C. Ainsworth designed the installation in a way that the audience could become part of her work and, through it, feel the weight of a victim’s suffering.

Georgianna is a British-Mexican artist who explores the ways that different cultures respond to violence and cultural identity. While producing this project she also linked with Mexican artist Elina Sharvay whose piece she recreated by painting shoes red to represent the victims of domestic violence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Presence of an Absence took place at Northlight Mill in March 2015. The installation was accompanied by conversation and an exhibition at Brierfield Library which sought to draw attention to the ever-growing need for action to prevent the loss of life at the hands of violence around the world. The artworks on display at the library included:

Flowers of The Desert by Georgianna C Ainsworth,

Red Shoes by Elina Chauvet,

Blood Rising by Brian Maguire & Mark Loughlin,

Protest by Rocio Sifuentes

​Thoughts from Georgianna

“By exhibiting work from artists who share their own experiences of violence and loss, we aim to open conversations about gender issues, corruption, loss and survival. The fact that these issues are affecting people on the other side of the world, does not mean it does not affect us as a society. A life is important no matter of its geography. Hundreds of women are murdered in domestic violence incidents in the UK each year and no one seems to do much to protect them. We wish to create strong international links through art so we can bring awareness and support one another because regardless of our geographical location we are all humans and we deserve to feel safe.

We’ve also had the pleasure of Suzanne Lacy’s company while this great work has been going on! Suzanne is an internationally acclaimed and very inspiring visual artist concerned with social practice. During her short time with us, she had the chance to meet a few fantastic local groups, drawing much from each of them on her tour round Brierfield.”

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