Lorna Boschman

1987, 11:37 minutes, colour, English


In Scars, four women are interviewed about "slashing" which is for them a form of emotional release. Their faces are never seen: the visuals are of their scarred arms.

The interviews take place in a park: the bark on a tree looks scarred by association, the granite rock looks freckled, and the scars on a woman's arms begin to look natural. These women challenge the socially accepted forms of self-mutilation: "If I sat here chain smoking, no one would get upset. And that's just as much tissue damage as cutting my arm with a razor."

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