“Buon Pastore” is a multi-channel video installation that was recorded in a 17th-century girls’ prison in Rome called “Buon Pastore”
(Good Shepherd). Originally a “female reformatory” for pregnant and wayward girls, it is now the seat of “La Casa International Delle Donne” (National Feminist Institute) of Italy. Housed in small, white, mostly windowless cells, the young women and girls were separated into categories - penitent or repentant and remediated through sewing and embroidery. A third group of girls, deemed in need of protection and education
were housed in the prison as well, separate from the first two groups. They also spent their days sewing and embroidering.
The installation explores ideas of confinement and silence, authority and power. I’m interested in how silence activates viewer
response. What she holds in check, silent, on matters of which she has a perspective, due to centuries of collective training.
Performer: Dina Madi