Shrine for Girls, 2015
installation inside the sixteenth-century Church of San Gallo, Venice
presented by the Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects at the 56th Venice Biennale
In one shrine, an altar exhibits hijabs symbolizing the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria and another alter is in remembrance of three women who were recently gang raped, murdered and left to hang from trees in India. Cronin’s memorial explores that even though the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, women and girls around the world continue to be among the most vulnerable members of our global society.