Donna Ferrato: Unbeatable | Reading Recommendations

These reading materials support the exhibition Donna Ferrato: Unbeatable, on view in the Kirkhof Center Wall Gallery October 1, 2021 through March 4, 2022. 

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All the resources listed below are available free for GVSU students, faculty, and staff through the University Libraries using your GVSU login credentials. Special thanks to University librarians Amber Dierking and Kim Ranger for their support of our exhibition reading lists.

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Holy by Donna Ferrato

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Holy

Donna Ferrato
POWERHOUSE BOOKS, 2020
Book

Photographer Donna Ferrato goes on a radical 50-year road trip across the USA as women fight for equality in the bedroom and the boardroom. Holy follows her journey from the sexual revolution of the '60s through the #metoo era of today.

Holy is forged from one woman's outrage against a woman-hating world. May it anger you. Donna Ferrato's radical photographs show what women are capable of surviving. More than survive, Holy depicts women who prevail. Holy is an invitation to understand how it feels being held down by the patriarchy-what we are fighting for, what we are up against--and how we manage to maintain a sense of desire and appetite. Fighting for equality in the bedroom and the boardroom, Ferrato's journey follows the sexual revolution of the '60s through the #metoo era of today.

Holy is a showcase of power. Donna's images reveal women's bodies in all their monstrous glory-even her own. May these photographs mobilize you, whether you are cis or trans, young or old, butch or femme. Human survival depends on women. Embrace your instincts, desires, brainpower, and strength. Embrace each other.


The Use of the Creative Therapies with Sexual Abuse Survivors by Stephanie Brooke

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The Use of the Creative Therapies with Sexual Abuse Survivors

Stephanie L. Brooke
Charles C. Thomas, LTD, Springfield, IL, 2007
eBook

This book is a useful reference for anyone seeking to provide therapy to survivors of sexual abuse. The approach represented here is a holistic one that utilizes various approaches to heal the various manifestations of sexual abuse trauma. Since the acts associated with such abuse are often so difficult to discuss, this book presents several methods of communicating these unspeakable horrors nonverbally, allowing the survivor to express their trauma with less difficulty. This approach seeks to use the actions of the body to heal the mind. This text contains information relevant to treatment for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as male or female, and in group or individual settings. Many useful activities are outlined and illustrations are provided as examples. 


The use of the creative therapies with survivors of domestic violence edited by edited by Stephanie L. Brooke

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The Use of the Creative Therapies with Survivors of Domestic Violence

Stephanie L. Brooke
Springfield, IL, C.C. Thomas, 2008
Book

The Use of the Creative Therapies with Survivors of Domestic Violence is a comprehensive work that examines the use of art, play, music, dance/movement, drama, and supervision with respect to treatment issues relating to family violence. The author's primary purpose is to examine treatment approaches that cover the broad spectrum of the creative art therapies.


Response Based Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Violence by Margareta Hydén, David Gadd, Allan Wade

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Response Based Approaches to the Study of Interpersonal Violence

Margareta Hydén, David Gadd, and Allan Wade
Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016
eBook

Interpersonal violence has been the focus of research within the social sciences for some considerable time. Yet inquiries about the causes of interpersonal violence and the effects on the victims have dominated the field of research and clinical practice. Central to the contributions in this volume is the idea that interpersonal violence is a social action embedded in responses from various actors. These include actions, words and behaviour from friends and family, ordinary citizens, social workers and criminal justice professionals. These responses, as the contributors to this volume all show, make a difference in terms of how violence is understood, resisted and come to terms with in its immediate aftermath and over the longer term. 

Bringing together an international network of scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and fields of practice, this book maps and expands research on interpersonal violence. In doing so, it opens an important new terrain on which social responses to violence can be fully interrogated in terms of their intentions, meanings and outcomes. 


Title: Art Therapy and Social Action : Treating the World's Wounds by Frances Kaplan

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Art Therapy and Social Action : Treating the World's Wounds

Frances Kaplan
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia, 2001
eBook

Art Therapy and Social Action is an exciting exploration of how professionals can incorporate the techniques and approaches of art therapy in their work to address social problems. Examining the expanding role of art practitioner as social activist, leading art therapists and other professionals show how creative methods can be used effectively to resolve conflicts, manage aggression, heal trauma and build communities. The contributors provide examples of innovative programs on a range of topics, including those designed to address gun crime, homelessness, racism and experiences of terrorism, among others.This timely book provides new techniques and successful models for art therapists, counselors and mental health practitioners working directly with the challenges of modern society.


Silent screams and hidden cries : an interpretation of artwork by children from violent homes / by Agnes Wohl, Bobbie Kaufman ; under the auspices of the Coalition for Abused Women, Inc.

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Silent Screams and Hidden Cries: An Interpretation of Artwork by Children from Violent Homes

Agnes Wohl, Bobbie Kaufman; under the auspices of the Coalition for Abused Women, Inc.
New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1985
Book

Studies of drawings of elementary school age children who have lived with domestic violence.

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