The images in this post are from an art installation which was seen at the Museumplein in Amsterdam this weekend. It is an installation with 520 names hanging just above the pond. 520 is the number of children deceased in the Netherlands over the past decade as a result of domestic violence and abuse.
The project is named Small Victims, Large Numbers, it is about the raw and unknown truth about child abuse. 520 children in 10 years is 1 child a week.
Saskia Stolz from Power of Art House, the creative collective behind the project:
520 is an alarming number, where many people are unaware. Unexpected it in a country like the Netherlands but these figures show a brutal and disturbing truth.
There is done a lot by several organizations: prevention, aid, laws, regulations, partnerships, training programs, security houses, report codes. Domestic violence and the number of fatalities is not declining. Many reports of abuse are made. Unfortunately, many reports end up in a waiting list due to a wrong organization structure.
This situation caused much indignation. Power of Art House responded to address the problem by an artistic intervention. Art as a weapon to increase community involvement and awareness.
Power of Art House is an artistic think tank consisting of designers, socio-cultural entrepreneurs, producers and other creative thinkers. They use art as a social weapon against indifference. They became known with the fantastic project about refugees Moving People.
All photos: © Aatjan Renders