TRISTAN'S MOON

LAND of HORSES

Horses & ponies are rounded up, transported, branded, bought & sold & traded, whipped, bridled and ridden.

How can survivors, caregivers and advocates, raise awareness and expand knowledge, so our communities can better protect boys from having to endure sexual violence and uninterrupted physical, psychological and social trauma.

To avoid jeopardizing the privacy and safety of chronically vulnerable survivors, the medium of art and poetry as storytelling provides a useful heuristic device to raise awareness.

Storytelling also plays an important role in compeling a person to feel, to imagine and to empathize; even, in cases, to get involved in bringing an end to the lack of knowledge and lack of appropriate support services afforded to and made accessible to survivors, so they can move forward with their lives.

Symbolism and anthropomorphic iconology are tools that storytellers have employed throughout our collective cultural histories, to activate their audiences' imaginations.

Imagination is powerful; it permits us to visualize news ways of living. And here, to create an sense of urgency so together we can raise the quality of life for survivors and serve their best interests.




ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Real Stories Gallery Foundation salutes all the emerging artists and poets and storytellers, who have gifted their imagery and poetry and stories to the TRISTAN'S MOON art installation & online exhibition catalogue.

Tristan's Moon exists because of YOU and your friends.

Ryan
Jonah
Niall
Miguel
Trig
Chito
Kip
Raymond
Moise
Jasha
Max
Jimmy
Kyten
Joseph
DeMarion
Terry
Cameron
Dane
Damyon
Trece
Stepan
Kilian
Trent
Wilson
Shujaat
Anton
Kiril
Moise
Jose
Blair
Sergei
Dmitri
Stephane
Kyrel
Dima
Jayden

**names are added as the work is uploaded to Tristan's Moon exhibition catalogue. Emerging artists and poets employ noms de guerre to protect vulnerable identities and localities, whilst raising awareness and advocating for their peers still left behind in abusive and hostile environments.

Monoceros (Μονόκερως) Greek for Unicorn, is a constellation on the celestial equator that is not seen very well by the naked eye.

Tristan's Moon was originally located in Tribeca, NYC from 2011-2012.
The experimental survivor-led art installation was created to bring greater awareness of sexual violence endured by boys. The soundtrack in the art installation, Satyagraha (Act II, Scene I), was generously gifted by Philip Glass & Dunvagen Music.

The soundtrack tells of the moment when Gandhi disembarked from the ship at the port in Durban, South Africa. He was confronted by a large and aggressive crowd of adult males. The Police Commissioner's wife, Mrs Alexander, stepped forward, took Gandhi's arm, raised her white umbrella and led him through the crowd. As they walked courageously together through the hostile crowd, Mrs Alexander chastized the men. Mrs Alexander's white umbrella and the white photographic umbrellas in the Tristan's Moon art installation symbolize the protection that is being offered by friends and concerned citizens to the stories being shared by sexually exploited boys.


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