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DEAFENING SOUND by Annie Flanagan

“You know what’s nice?” she asked me as we left the gas station, “Being able to get in the car and go to the store. Without asking.”

September 9, 2017 – November 11, 2017

“Going back and forth between black & white and color, between quiet contemplation and obvious pain, Annie Flanagan allows us to get close to these women so that we cannot turn away. ” –Stella Kramer, juror

*Trigger Warning: this project contains materials that deal with rape, domestic violence, and trauma. The photographs and accompanying film (optional sound) do not document explicit acts of physical violence.

Maria Byers at the crisis shelter in Williston, North Dakota.
An empty heart is tattooed on Brittney’s back, Antwerp, NY / June 2014

Flanagan’s DEAFENING SOUND project aims to reduce the stigma of gendered violence, address the complicated cycle of abuse, and elevate consciousness about the prevalence of rape culture. The solo exhibition is part of the prize package awarded to Flanagan as the winner of NOPA’s 2016 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography.