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Part 1 – A description of social approaches to women in the cataclysm era.
Sarah's work uses the format of speculative fiction to explore the issue of femicide. This genre has been important throughout her creative practice with a range of TV, Film, and literary fiction. Sarah has used narratives and short texts, all with a fictional element alongside visual elements in her work. However, more recently she have begun to explore speculative fiction as part of her work from an unknown future point often with a significant change in the world implied, placing contemporary times in a distant historical past.
The genre is particularly important in terms of the feminist perspective in her work, with writers such as Margaret Atwood, Naomi Alderman, and Emily St John influencing her creation of imagined futures told from a historical perspective. These writers explore contemporary feminist issues and societal changes in how women are viewed and treated and what this means for women.
The visual element of the video is a close-up of textile craft, proggy matting, being made. This is a traditional craft made using often leftover scraps of material. It is a craft closely linked with women in mining communities in the North East. The shapes within the matt are based on natural patterns in rock formations and the shapes within female anatomy, creating a reference to nature and human’s presence within it.
Instagram - @vonstamp
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Borré las paredes de las pintas
In recent years, the artist's work has focused on the immediate erasure of protest graffiti made by women. With this, she seeks to reflect on the discourse built in the media around the "cleaning up" of public space, which manifests negatively with respect to feminist protest. In this first part of the project, she made a photobook entitled "I erased the walls of the paintings" that shows the protest messages on a white background, the images suggest that that blank space was walls, which were removed to emphasise the written messages . With this exercise, she seeks to reverse the action of erasing, leaving in the images what she considers important: the messages of protest. For the proposal of the call "Re-imagine" the artist seeks to project some of the paintings that have been removed from the public space on the walls of the streets of Mexico City, this in order to generate a historical memory about the messages embodied.
During the feminist protests carried out since 2019, the Mexico City government, the State of Mexico and even institutions such as the UNAM, have taken down or cleaned away the paintings made by women showing complaints about the situation of gender violence that the country is going through. The argument to remove them is to denounce the damage to real estate: statues, monuments and buildings, prioritising the damage to them over the outrage of thousands of women. This exercise focuses on the action of reversing between what you choose to take away and what you keep. “I erased the walls of the paintings” alludes to a choice between what is shown from the action of erasing. Erasing is a political act.
Instagram - @dianae.cano
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Sala de espera
Wendy Sánchez is a young, 33-year-old Mexican artist, she studied Industrial Design at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, she had an art store in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico, where she lived before she disappeared. Wendy Sánchez is the artist’s friend, and through this piece the artist seeks to be her voice, to see her again and prevent her case from being the prelude to a femicide.
Feminism is expressed in different ways, for the artist her form of communication is illustration and animation, she therefore decides to use art as a tool to share feminism. Through art we can talk about what makes us angry, worries us and what we need to shout, this medium allows us to reach other people, awaken their empathy and seek them to join our protest and search for justice. It is not normal and we will not accept that the disappearances of women and the disappearance of Wendy are ignored. Through these actions we name, expose and remember them. Until we find you, Wendy.
Instagram - @pezfelino
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La Otra Pandemia: Feminicidio y violencia de género en la esfera pública
The Other Pandemic is a collaborative feminist cartography project that seeks to make visible the problem of femicidal and patriarchal violence in Mexico within the context of the pandemic. The first phase of the project consisted of an artistic-pedagogical laboratory where the participants reflected on the role played by the media in reproducing this type of violence. Then we carried out counter-mapping and critical thinking practices, as well as analysis and creative rewriting of newspaper articles. By doing this feminist cartography, we generate a timeline and spatialise this violence.
Project designed and directed by Dora Bartilotti.
The Laboratory was held in November 2020, during the 16 days of activism against gender violence.
More info: https://www.dorabartilotti.com/la-otra-pandemia/
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The idea of this gif is a call to all women to turn anger and pain into strength and the engine of struggle to create better conditions for us and achieve justice, using the goddess Kali as inspiration.
The artist considers herself a feminist activist because she participates as much as possible in collective action. Furthermore, for a long time and more and more, she strives to support as many women as she can and make significant changes in her personal relationships despite rejection and how painful the journey sometimes is. The personal is political.
Instagram - @actiasl
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Carola in collaboration with La Corregidora
Se dice asi
The proposal is to create an digital archive of information built from a bank of news media about femicides in Mexico. Complementary to this, users will be able to read and manipulate each news item. A word cloud will also be integrated to highlight the words most often used in the media to talk about femicide, and information may also be filtered under certain categories to be defined, but the main criterion will be the use of language (crime, monster, homicide, drunk, skirt, passion, grief etc). All this part of the piece will be done with computer programming. To become public art, it would be a collaboration with La Corregidora (https://www.facebook.com/corrigiendotitulares). The idea is to select local news, correct it and print it in poster format with the relevant credits.
The artist likes to trigger reflections in people who approach her work. She has managed, through artistic proposals, to show and share dialogues and debates related to gender issues in spaces of everyday life. It is necessary to recognise that not all the people who witness these conversations or concerns feel involved with the subject, however, having a presence in the spaces -especially if it is public- and raising our voices and those of others is a firm step towards more conquests and claims for our rights. That is why feminist activism has much to gain in the interdisciplinary field of art and politics.
Instagram - @caroliina.bg
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Si mañana no vuelvo
Keeping in mind that every day in Mexico 11 women are murdered daily, most of them did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones. Each woman who participates in this video project gives us a goodbye message so that it is not forgotten - the project gives a voice and a face to all those women who are no longer there.
Claudia Matamoros believes in the importance and responsibility of a visual artist (or photographer), who shares with the world what her eyes see, because even without always knowing it, artists are the tool for the world to know what is happening, to raise awareness through their documentation, beyond an aesthetic character, to portray the harsh reality of things.
Instagram - @claudiamatamorosm
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