The Love Shouldn’t Hurt Exhibition seek to rally men to create dialogue to help perpetrators of violence adopt positive conflict resolution and anger management skills. We hope that this campaign will help perpetrators of violence understand the pain they give through physical and sexual abuse and that there are always alternatives to using violence.
RAISE YOUR HAND TO LOVE NOT TO BEAT!
A Message from the Curators
The Stars Are Bright exhibition takes its tile from the artwork by Stanley Musa Nyahwa which originally toured England as part of the Cyrene exhibitions in the 1950s. When we began organizing our exhibition in late spring 2020 midst of the London pandemic , we could never have imagined just how much the world would continue to change around us. We have attempted to present this exhibition in a way that is accessible and that encourages viewers to let their imagination take inspiration from the
environment in which the artworks were made. We must remember that there is no single story of African Art and the Cyrene paintings reinforce this view. There is more research to be conducted into this body of work and the hundreds of artists who produced it, many of whom have been lost to history. It was always intended that the artworks would continue on to tour Zimbabwe, making what we hope will be fitting reunion with their
Chiedza Mhondoro, Jessica Ihejetah and Georgia Ward
Vital Voices Curatorial Statement
Collaborative artistic women find solutions through work of art, by joining forces in different genres or mediums to fight gender-based violence, by relating in Animation, Graffiti/ mural, Video art, photography and Digital art. Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surfaces, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, it has been seen as a form of artistic expression and can have positive outcomes for people, it is also illegal and considered vandalism. But these women have found the legal way of expressing themselves on behalf of their fellow women. Graphic art, traditionally a category of fine arts, including any form of visual artistic expression (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, printmaking), usually produced on flat surfaces has been a part of this empowering workshop.
Digital art has been an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or demonstration process. Since the 1960s, various terms have been used to describe the process, including computer art and multimedia art. Digital art is placed under the larger umbrella term new media art. With Gender-based violence on the concentration, GBV is the most pervasive yet least visible human rights violation in the world. It includes physical, sexual, mental or economic harm inflicted on a person because of socially ascribed power imbalances between males and females.
The series of workshops equipped 20 female artists with skills on how to embrace the power of digital media in the creation, distribution, and sale of their art. These skills included Graffiti/Murals, Photography, Video Art; Digital Art; Animation; and Social Media Management. Women’s voices in the art world and society in general tend to be silenced or go unheard due to the discriminatory nature of our patriarchal world. As such, women’s stories are told for them by men who often misrepresent them or portray them as biased stereotypes. This attitude is the same in the work space as well as these stereotypes created through misinformation, create hostile working environments for women, particularly in the arts. An example is how women in arts become victims of sexual harassment because of enforced gender stereotypes portraying them as promiscuous based on their profession or dressing. This and other such practices like inequality in the work place, gender-based violence, body shaming, and gender stereotyping among many others keep patriarchy alive and leave women vulnerable to harmful social ills. Unlike the mostly restrictive and discriminatory nature of physical work spaces and society in general, Digital spaces are a liberated field for creatives because they are free and fair to use for everyone without gender-based bias or discrimination. Through these workshops, the 20 women participants have been empowered to reclaim their very vital voices by telling their own stories through art and sharing them with the world using the unlimited power of the digital world. The various artworks they are creating for this exhibition are a testament to their empowerment and the stories told by their creations are only the beginning of a revolution in which these women’s vital voices will thunder across the world and make it a better and safer place for all. Being part of this workshop entitled women to solve and find solutions to such.
Co- Curated by Mhle Nzima