The Untitled Space
Uprise / Angry Women
“Designer Violence Series: Stanford, California”
Limited Edition Archival Print of 10 Year 2016
Designer Violence is a series of work by the artist, Tiffany Trenda, which explores how violence is represented in visual culture. Trenda selects found imagery (historical photos, fashion spreads, symbols,) to transform difficult subject matter into marketing campaigns. The process combines modes of graphic design and collage to repackage historical acts of murder, rape, and other brutalities. This series is a critique of cultural constructs of violence and how it’s used as a form of power and manipulation through media.
In “Stanford, California”, Trenda comments on the famous Brock Turner rape case. Turner only served three months after “good behavior” of a six-month sentence. This if far below the minimum of two years and a maximum of fourteen years, a sentence that other similar offenders had been given. The Turner case is an important out cry of the injustices to women and how media has allowed rape culture to be accepted. It has become a slap on the wrist for this rapist while the victim has to answer to a lifetime of emotional torment.