A true story of sexual violence, a corrupt property market, and the fight for justice.
About the Author
Jana Leo: Jana Leo taught at Cooper Union for seven years, and now divides her time between Madrid and New York. In 2007, she founded Civic Gaps, a New York think tank dedicated to studying empty or neglected spaces in the city. She also founded in Madrid, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the MOSIS Foundation, which is an urban planning think tank that builds and tests models which strive to connect people and places through the use of art. Leo earned a MA in architecture from Princeton and a PhD in philosophy and art from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Rape New York is her first book in English. Her exhibit of the documents, photos, and transcripts she used in her case recently showed at Invisible Exports gallery in NYC.
Praise for Rape New York…
"Jana Leo’s Rape New York re-fractures and reconstructs the story of her rape and its aftermath; in re-presenting the constellation of events that lead to and from that attack, Leo represents life in all its random brutality and orchestrated dignity—in other words, the best that can be said about this book is that it is true, which is the only real measure of real art, and honest existence."—Vanessa Place, author of The Guilt Project and Statement of Facts
"Your front door lock is broken and your landlord doesn't give a damn. Jana Leo's exploration of the public and private spaces in Rape New York effectively merges the vulnerability of the city with that of the body itself. A powerful and engrossing work."—Arthur Nersesian, author of The Fuck-Up