Istifaa Ahmed analyzes sexual violence through performance art. She examines how various women of color performance artists use performance art as a political platform to contest the secrecy of violence – committed against them in private and hidden spaces – through the use of their bodies and its inhabitation, exhibition, and control over public space and audience. She centers the flesh as a site of political violence indicative of the sociopolitical conditions that permit the literal, intimate markings and brandings against targeted bodies.