ARTE & COTIDIANIDAD
“Fiu, fiu!”, every time an attractive woman walks down the street you can hear whistling. “I want to tap that”, you can hear those men yell. You feel uncomfortable, objectivized, and harassed. However, it is not only the phrases that we receive on the streets. We continuously hear how the femicides, gender violence and rapes increase everyday. Sometimes it seems that us women live in a completely different world than men, as if we exist just for them because it is “a man's world”. Nevertheless, this is a completely outdated and patriarchal idea. Women do not exist for anyone but ourselves. We cannot allow the world to silence us; we have a voice and we cannot be scared to use it.
A woman's body is sacred and delicate. Just like a secret garden that only a few people have access to, as long as we give them permission and consent. It is sensual, exciting, and beautiful. Each woman has a different garden, made up of different flowers and plants as one wants; each woman creates it. That is why our body is so special and should not be disrespected.
There are so many women that have experienced violence. It is not always the same type of violence, it can be physical like beatings, psychological thorough insults, among others, and, for me, their is what I call soul violence, that happens when someone is raped. We have listened for centuries how a woman is at fault for her rape, phrases like “she was asking for it” or extremely violent portrayls of this in films and media. However, a rape does not neccesarily look like that. It can happen with a friend, a relative or someone close to you, someone that you would never expect, nevertheless it happens. It doesn’t have to be violent, a lot of women see it as an act of love, even if deep down they know they are uncomfortable. No means no. Its not right to insist until she caves, because this is coercion. This type of violence scars you for life. You lose trust in people and you do not know if you will ever feel like that again. But you can heal little by little. But of course, lots of women do not talk about this trauma, do not let it out, then where does this trauma go?, where does this unsaid thing lie?
Vilka’s work lights up a road to navigate through these situations that only women know. That state of living that is only familiar to us. I am not only talking about rape, but what women go through just because they are women. Fear, mistrust, shame, among a million of other things. The goal of this feminist art is not only to raise awareness, but to make us realize that we are not alone. That sorority is always among us and that, as women, we have to support each other because no one else is going to do it.
Vika reminds us that being a woman is not easy. We have everyday challenges that we have to overcome to fulfill our dreams in this “man’s world”, that men themselves do not see. That a lot of times we leave ourselves behind to fit in this world, but we can find refuge with the people that understand what that means. Between women we protect each other, we heal our wounds, and we fight, so that little by little, this stops being a “man’s world” and it becomes simply a world. Through art Vilka helps this goal, you woman, man, non binary person, you person, what are you doing to help this become a world for everyone?