Visualizing the Unthinkable

Jenny Ren thinks about one of the illustrations, noting that one in three teens experiences some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse.
Jenny Ren thinks about one of the illustrations, noting that one in three teens experiences some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse.
Joseph L. Pipolo, English Department teacher and advisor for Xanadulit.com and the NEHS English Honor Society, encourages his students to use the arts to explore emotional issues.
Joseph L. Pipolo, English Department teacher and advisor for Xanadulit.com and the NEHS English Honor Society, encourages his students to use the arts to explore emotional issues.
Art can stir parts of our consciousness that were formally dormant. It can stir thoughts we were not ready to think.
Art can stir parts of our consciousness that were formally dormant. It can stir thoughts we were not ready to think.
Nefertiti Samba reads her poem to a packed audience in the Whitman forum.
Nefertiti Samba reads her poem to a packed audience in the Whitman forum.
Annalise Thode reads an original poem as Joseph ‘Pip’ Pipolo moderates the verbal portion of the exhibit.
Annalise Thode reads an original poem as Joseph ‘Pip’ Pipolo moderates the verbal portion of the exhibit.
Ruby Bafu is one of those talented students fortunate enough to be able to express her feelings thru art, dance, poetry, and music.
Ruby Bafu is one of those talented students fortunate enough to be able to express her feelings thru art, dance, poetry, and music.
This student reacts to a photograph that depicts modern technology.  For all its conveniences, today’s technology also helps shield bullies and their cowardly behavior.
This student reacts to a photograph that depicts modern technology. For all its conveniences, today’s technology also helps shield bullies and their cowardly behavior.

Art that activates can stir parts of our consciousness that were formally dormant. It can stir thoughts we were not ready to think. It can agitate its viewers and its readers in a way that may change their lives irrevocably. It can save lives.

On March 20th Gina Tinucci, Candice Farrell, and Joseph Pipolo organized a powerful artistic and poetic response to the disturbing statistical realities of relationship violence. The students were provided with information detailing the unsettling truths behind dating abuse:  One in three teens experiences some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse.  This figure far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.  Approximately 80% of girls who have been physically abused keep dating their abuser.

With cameras and computers…pens and charcoal…the creative writing, health and photography students got to work.  As talented painters, photographers and poets, they used their mediums to spread awareness and articulate the ugliness of this of this very relevant issue.  For one day, the forum became an exhibition hall where poetry was read and artwork displayed.  The students who participated in the exhibit were very moved by the experience.

Thank you photography student Deyling Raudles for these wonderful photographs.