Britton Gallery/Howard Room: Finding Our Voices

calendar icon October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

During October, the library will be hosting an exhibit about domestic abuse, Finding Our Voices, by photojournalist and human rights advocate Patrisha McLean of Camden and Castine. She says that this will be the first indoor exhibit of the multimedia project since the pandemic started shutting down public gatherings in the spring.

In her exhibit, Patrisha will display framed photographic portraits of survivors of intimate partner abuse, 18 to 80 years of age, including two women from Hancock County, “Maegan” and “Maggie.” With each image will be audio, accessible by cell phone, of each of the women telling their stories, and also a “Power and Control Wheel,” a tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, filled out by each of the survivors. The Power and Control Wheel shows the tactics their boyfriend or husband used in order to obtain and maintain control over the women.

Finding Our Voices, a nonprofit founded this spring by Patrisha, has been educating the public about the pervasive, insidious and complicated nature of domestic abuse, and currently has huge banners touring the state, displayed in downtown business windows, each featuring the portrait of one of 29 Maine abuse survivors, and the local hotline number for victims to get help.

The banners were hung throughout the Blue Hill Peninsula, with a lot of local help, including Susan Webster of Deer Isle and Susan Snider and Sherry Streeter of Brooklin, and are sponsored by Tradewinds Market and WoodenBoat School.