In 2019, women took to the streets in Paris to protest the number of women killed in France by their partners, now classified as Feminicide (Femicide in English.)
Posters with difficult subject matter were put up on public walls: Killings were described; slogans and calls-to-action for new laws were made. It is usual for posters to be plastered around Paris, and they are rarely removed, but these posters were being torn off the walls. One day, a poster was intact, the next day it was half gone, days later it was all gone.
Most were defaced and illegible, but I found some early enough to get most, if not all, of the poster. One poster was partially torn off between the time I saw it intact to when I went back with my camera.
These images show the progression from intact to disintegrating messages, to, finally, nothing left except a small black mark. Together, the images create a narrative of the aftermath of the Feminicide protest. A call from help from women left on the walls of Paris, and the surreptitious removal of that message.
Who didn’t want those messages to endure? I don’t know. And, I don’t know if any of the messages still exist. Consequently, I hope these images will help the message endure and perhaps expand its reach.
Click on the first image to better see the series in Slideshow Mode.