Wounded by Benjamin Solomon is inspired by Domestic Violence. It is one of the social issues that isn’t given a lot of attention. Most women avoid talking about it because of fear, or some sort of dependent love, which, is unhealthy. But, unlike other artistic expressions of domestic violence, Solomon chose to portray it in the way that it really is. In most cases of domestic assault, as in Wounded, the women hardly break away from that unhealthy bond, which is where help needs to be provided.
The pestle is a very common African kitchen tool, and women in the rural areas who are unable to use it are usually castigated. The pestle symbolizes strength and proves that even the strongest women may still fall victim to a violent partner, without being able to rise again.
In the words of the artist:
‘I drew much of my inspiration from the traditional African setting where a man is seen to have ultimate power over the ‘much inferior’ woman so that violence within the home becomes his right. Hence, I chose to go traditional when taking the pictures. Her dressing symbolizes innocence, but we still end up seeing that she’s happy nonetheless, which to me, is sort of a superpower that women possess; they’re able to smile through their pain, through their problems, something that I personally appreciate about the women around me.’