Interview conducted by Kelsey Duchesne
"Well, what were you wearing?"
For many women, the question of what they are wearing comes immediately after the horrific experience of being raped. The question itself is degrading and irrelevant all together, as it insinuates that the victim has worn/done something to warrant their attack (which, obviously- no.)
Photographer Katherine Cambareri crested her senior thesis project around this question, and photographed the clothes that victims wore during their attack. The project aims (and succeeds) to debunk the stigma that women who are raped are often wearing clothing believed to be promiscuous, and that clothing itself is an actual factor in being raped. We spoke to Katherine about her project, it's purpose, and the response it's received.
What inspired you to create the photography series "Well, What Were You Wearing?"
Were the sexual assault survivors open and willing to take part in the project?
Did anything about the project surprise you as it was coming together?
Did you have any apprehensions about completing this process?
What do you hope viewers will gain or learn from your series?
Do you hope or plan to do more work that breaks stigma or taboo?
What's up next for you?
I recently graduated from Arcadia University with a major in Photography and a minor in Global Public Health. I'm taking a gap year before heading to grad school for public health, where I hope to work with and help many other people!