In 1968, an American writer and radical feminist Valerie Solanas (1936-1988) enters the studio of Andy Warhol – the legendary Factory – and starts shooting, wounding the artist and two other people. After the incident, giving herself voluntarily up to the police, she said: “He had simply too much control over my life.” The writer, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced to three years in prison.
The year before this accident Solanas self-releases a manifesto titled S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men). In this text she accuses the men of bringing the world into ruin and totally mastering the social order, taking into account only men’s needs. The only chance to reclaim this situation is the revolt of women. To accomplish this goal, she proposes the establishment of S.C.U.M. – Women’s organizations with the task of overthrowing the existing social system and eliminating all unnecessary men.
At the same time, Solanas is trying to break into the New York bohema centered around Warhol. Unsuccessfully pressured him to help implement her play called Up Your Ass. When Warhol refuses Solanas, decides to shoot him in order to put into practice the ideas of S.C.U.M.
| project produced by Miłość Gallery |