Resonances: Yulanah Mullings – “Breaking the Silence: Baggage of Childhood Sexual Abuse”

Yulanah Mullings was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, in 1997, and is now based in Kingston. She has been educated at the Edna College of the Visual and Performing Art (BFA in Painting, 2019). Mullings produces large, mixed media installations, but also works in painting, drawing and print media, and in sculpture. Her works are influenced by the various psychosocial issues affecting the local society. She has participated in the 2019 Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Final Year Exhibition.

Statement

Art is an ongoing journey; it is a journey where political and cultural realities demand facing and universal truths need to be explored and expressed in a tangible form. A pictorial representation of sexual abuse of the female body and beyond can remind us how important freedom is in our fragile reality. This body of work explores the trauma of sexual abuse and incest in childhood and the long-term consequences of these experiences. Ultimately, I seek to raise social awareness, help to eliminate victim stigma, and bring the full impact of sexual trauma into open discussion. I am interested in exposing the abuse of women regardless of their background. I am interested in breaking the boundaries of silence for the marginalized section of the society.

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