or a symbol?
By Nanna Kirstine Hansen
Galschiot’s sculpture has gradually been in Nicaragua in three weeks. She has
been in Estelí, Managua and León, where she was shown in the streets and in
some of the nearby villages. The reactions have been many and mixed, but
there’s no doubt about, where ever she is shown she will be sensationally.
25.05.2007, I am sitting to a meeting with women from the different
organisations, there is in the women’s movement (Movimento Feminista). They
are planning the parade there’s set on May 28. Suddenly the conversation is
about how the statue was receipt in Estelí. Flavia, who is a representative
from Estelí express her worrying about the statue.
we are challenging the church in a way that is not right.” she says, “Many
out in the villages finds the statue blasphemous.” She is scared that the
statue will hurt the campaign.
woman came to me and said: How can you make a campaign for life, when it is
represented by a symbol that means death?”
28.05.2007, the caravan of cars that has been moving through the streets of
Managua Is now in the streets near Daniel Ortega’s house. As I sit there in
the car at looks out, I see a man that holds his hands very hardly on his ears,
like if he is going to shut all noise out. When we drive by him, he removes his
hands and jells: “Abortion is killing!” and then he presses his hands
against his ears again, as if he were going to be infested with sin, if he heard
some of the slogans there were jelled out through the speakers.
29.05.2007, the street is blocked and all kinds of electronic equipment are set
up on the stairs that leads to the university. The statue that has been given
the name muñequita (the little doll), is placed in a pavilion and a strip light
is lighting her with its barren light. We arrive with signs and torches that are
placed around her. The softer light from the torches mixes with the light from
the strip light, and the black smoke that rises from the torches dances in front
of her and wraps her in a veil of sorrow.
street urchin stand and looks at the statue. First to this side and then to the
other side. His mouth is open and his eyes are wide open, stocked to her, while
he walks around her. Sometimes he bends a little to watch her from the bottom
and up. Especially her stretched stomach gets his attention. His eyes fall on a
woman that stands close to him, and carefully he opens his mouth and says:
“When is she giving birth?”
02.05.2007, about 200 young people from the university and 3.g have shown up to
a conference arranged by Ampdi (The Union for Professional Women for Development).
It is a part of the course about sexuality, as women have driven with them.
Again is our statue a central statue and the young ones are asked to right their
thoughts down. There is silent for a quarter in the big hall that has been
warmed up by the many people. Afterwards they are asked to stand up and tell
what they have written.
me, she is a symbol of that powerlessness pregnant women are in today. She
inspires me to a bitter sadness, because the law condemns her to death.”
is a symbol of how women, especially the poor, are being crucified. She
symbolises the pain women have, because they can not rule over their own
society’s creation they have instructed the women what they have to do, even
though they cannot like it. The statue is a symbol of this submission and
sacrifice. They cannot think of themselves, but instead they have to think about