Liberal Hitchhikes Through Middle East in Wedding Gown to Send Message of “Marriage between different peoples and nations” Raped and Murdered


Pippa Bacca wanted to promote world peace. In her earnest she and her fellow artist agreed to traverse from Istanbul and meet again in Beirut.

Sadly, Pippa was attacked.

From The New York Times:

Her naked body was found on April 11 in some bushes near a Turkish village after a suspect led investigators to the site. Although an official cause of death has not been given, local Turkish authorities said Ms. Bacca had been raped and strangled.

The killing has stirred broad public anger and grief in Turkey and Italy. Still, what Ms. Bacca would have wanted, her family and friends said, was her message of peace to live on.

While admirable her friend does not want the project to be incomplete, it must be pointed out that it is a complete failure. The idea that we have to unreasonably trust the culture of rape and female abuse like they were Canadians at the mall in Minnesota is ridiculous on it’s face.

Pippa’s courage cannot be denied but her refusal to face facts and take into account where she was belies a stubbornness that can only belong to an artist.

From The New York Times:

The two artists planned to wrap up their journey sometime in May with a performance in a public space in Tel Aviv, where they would ceremonially wash the two wedding dresses, as they periodically did on the trip. “We were going to wash away the traces of war, to cancel them,” Ms. Moro said.

The final act of “Brides on Tour” was to have been an exhibition this November at the Byblos art gallery in Verona, Italy, where the wedding dresses would be displayed with mementos and photographs from the trip.

Ms. Moro said she still hoped to take to the road to finish the performance. “Otherwise it would be a failure, and I don’t want the message to fail,” she said.

“I am not disowning the project,” she added firmly. “This tragedy only highlights how difficult peaceful relations are and how much work there is still to do.”

Pippa Bacca will remain a topic of discussion for quite some time. Perhaps it should be pointed out that the assault so easily perpetrated on Miss Bacca is similar to the many assaults faced by European women in recent months.

Source: The New York Times



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