Photographically Exposing Rapes Aftermath
In this interview, photographer, director, and speaker Elisa Iannacone joins the podcast to discuss her project, The Spiral of Containment: Rape’s Aftermath. Elisa and I have a raw and vulnerable conversation about how and why she tackled this topic. And what she hopes to achieve from the work.
Elisa has worked on six continents producing work for outlets such as Newsweek, National Geographic, and BBC World. Covering challenging environments, from the Rabaa massacre in Cairo to domestic violence within Iraqi refugee camps, has fueled her work with social consciousness. Her traveling art exhibition and book, The Spiral of Containment: Rape’s Aftermath, detail her experience as a rape survivor healing trauma alongside 24 fellow survivors’ voices through photography, film, holographic projections, and soundscapes. Her work as DoP has been screened on television, online, and at film festivals around the globe.
She is a Canon Ambassador and has been a guest lecturer (York University, Open University, University of Dublin, Ryerson University), multiple times TEDx speaker, and the podcast host of the global campaign Conversations on Consent to advocate for equality and human rights.
Elisa founded Reframe House media agency on shifting views on social justice through multi-media. Using magical realism to address human rights, her artworks have been exhibited at the OXO Tower Bargehouse Gallery (London, 2018), Investec Cape Town Art Fair (2022), Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (South Africa 2022), Art4More (Athens, 2022), and are headed next for Xposure in Dubai 2023. Her work is now a part of the Constitutional Court’s Permanent Art Collection in Johannesburg.