Medusa 1 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 16″ unframed

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Medusa 2 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 16″ unframed

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Medusa 3 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 16″ unframed

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Not only was Medusa raped, she was punished for it — made monstrous in a classic(al) act of victim-blaming. What does it say about contemporary ‘western’ culture that it’s (still) easier to focus on the snakes and imperiled men than on the absolute necessity of Medusa’s self-protective gaze?