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Weapon of Choice at the Holocaust Center

Snap! Orlando and The Holocaust Memorial Center present a photographic project by Richard Johnson which provides a graphic visual representation of the invisible pain caused by verbal abuse to provoke conversation about the problems of domestic violence, child abuse, and bullying. Exhibition on view at the Holocaust Memorial Center Dec 12, 2022 through March 10, 2023.

Official opening night with artist talk by RICHARD JOHNSON, January 12, 2023, 5 PM.


Richard Johnson takes the power of a photo to a new level by illustrating the invisible and eternal scars victims of emotional, sexual, and verbal abuse endure. Participants, children and their parents, were invited to choose a “hurt word” that has impacted their life. Makeup artists then painted the word on participants’ faces or bodies, integrating the word into simulated wounds — bruises, scratches, and burns.

"We chose the name “Weapon of Choice” because we have learned that, for the abuser, using words to harm is a choice. While listening to the stories from participants, we discovered how closely physical abuse followed verbal abuse. Often, when an abuser chooses to inflict harm, verbal abuse is just one of the weapons in the arsenal.” Richard Johnson

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