Where did the Beating Hearts exhibit come from?
The Beating Hearts posters were created by two artists
and domestic violence activists, Kate Sartor Hilburn
and Terrie Queen Autrey, in Louisiana. The posters are
based on their exhibit of photographic constructions
and text, also entitled Beating Hearts. They powerfully
reflect the experiences of domestic violence victims/survivors
in their own words, and address such topics as “why
does she stay?”, the roots of domestic violence,
and commonly held myths about domestic violence.
The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action
Alliance purchased a set of the Beating Hearts poster
series in 2005 and created a display that groups may
use statewide as a method of raising awareness about
violence in intimate relationships.
How large is the exhibit?
The exhibit features 12 laminated posters (each
22” x 28”), displayed on a large (8 feet
tall x 10 feet wide x 3 feet deep) lighted display. In
order to exhibit the display, you will need a
ceiling that is at least 9 feet high, and a room that
is at least 11 x 12 feet. The carrying case
for the display is 3½ feet tall, 1½ feet
deep, 2 feet wide. The portfolio that protects the posters
is 2 ½ feet x 3 ½ feet.
What do I need to know about setting up the exhibit?
You will need 2 people to set up the
exhibit. The carrying case is very heavy--85lbs. Although
it has wheels on it, it is difficult for one person to
load and unload from a car. Because the display is so
tall, you will need to stand on a small ladder (or at
least a sturdy chair) in order to assemble
it. The display is also lighted, so you will need access
to an electrical outlet. A power strip
and extension cord are included as part of the exhibit.
If you have never assembled the display before, plan
for it to take approximately 30 minutes from
start to finish. Directions for set-up are provided in
the carrying case.
What do the posters look like?
To view the posters
Who may borrow the Beating Hearts exhibit?
Affiliate and Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocacy Members for a $100 contribution to defray costs.
To reserve the Beating Hearts exhibit, contact Kate
McCord at the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence
Action Alliance, email@example.com or 804-377-0335. E-mail is not a secure form of communication. To ensure confidentiality please call the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.838.8238 (V/TTY).