2007- 2015 (This project is closed)

Sleeping Beauties is a participatorial art project created by María María Acha-kutscher to contribute to the fight against violence against women.

Since 2001, almost 1000 women were killed by their couples or ex-couples in Spain. The aim of the project is to involve the society through an open call to create art pieces to honour their memories, as well as to report their deaths.

The project concept is based in one of the favorite fairy tale of millions of girls in West World: Sleeping Beauty, collected by Brothers Grimm in the 19th century. This is the story of white and blond princess who sleeps for 100 years, waiting to be awakened by the kiss of a brave prince.

But the truth contradicts the message of this tale, for many women, married life is a nightmare, their husbands, boyfriends or lovers perform an hegemonic role with violence, battering them in a systematic way and in the worst of the cases, killing them.

As part of the project I created an sticker that symbolizes metaphorically the tale and represents the memory of each murdered women. The sticker shows the draw of a displayed bed with a pillow wich contains a handwritten inscription of the number assigned for a murdered victim, as well as the date and the cause of her death. The number of print stickers is the reported number of machista violence deaths from 2001.

TO PARTICIPATE: request an sticker or stickers to with a postal address for its delivery. Create a tribute through an object, ceremony, or action using the sticker and register it photographically. Send the photograph by e-mail to the same address in wich participation was requested.

All photographs received are exhibited in this Website. And also the printed photographs have been exhibited in several spaces in Spain.

Since 2007, more than 500 stickers have been distributed and about 300 people from Spain and other countries have participated.


Ayudas a la Creación Contemporánea 2008 del Ayuntamiento de Madrid
International Congress on Women-WOMENS WORLD 08
And the collaboration of all participants who have assumed the cost of their tributes. This project would not have been possible without them.


Sleeping Beauty nº 595
By Davis Lisboa

Sleeping Beauty nº 596
By Alison South