IMAGE DESCRIPTION [Blue background with 5 pink looking tongues on lollipop sticks. Each lollipop has different messages down the stick. “isolated incident’ “sex game gone wrong’ domestic abuse’ ‘honour killing’ and ‘crime of passion.’]
Asking for it
Alizon has photographed one of her sculptures, 5 pinkly visceral, phallic, or tongue-like ice lollies. The sticks are inscribed with commonly used problematic terms and victim-blaming language frequently used in the reporting of acts of femicide. The 'Usual suspects' like line up sits above the strapline 'We are not '"Asking for it'" We are demanding it End violence against women. Each of the lollies has been brutally assaulted, the violence illustrated using pins and beads which hints at the feminine. Materials: plaster, acrylic paint, wire, beads, and pins.
Instagram - @alizonb
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A purple background with rows of books with splatters of blood on the pages. The writing on the work says ‘once upon a time... there was a girl’ The “the'' is crossed out and ‘end femicide” is written]
Nocciola The Drawer
The Unwritten Stories
Fairy tales are always read to children when they are younger, so everyone knows when a story starts with ‘Once upon a time..’ that it will be a story that has a happy ending. An absurd number of women don’t get the choice of how their story ends, or the opportunity for a happy ending because their story is abruptly ended down to the hands of men.
The audience might not know what femicide is, and that they don't really understand the huge impact it has on so many women’s lives. Nocciola wants to show that it affects people all over the world, at all different ages, so she has included the names and the stories of women from Mexico, the UK, Kenya, and Bangladesh, femicide is a worldwide problem. Included some of the place names in the UK as people seem to think femicide is an issue happening somewhere else.
Instagram - @nocciolathedrawer
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A drawing of older womens faces, surrounded by colourful butterflies.]
Butterflies represent transformation, subtle strength, and beauty. They are held in a cocoon and constrained until they break free and reveal their full and complete selves. I see these comparisons in the way many older women have been constrained by societal expectations and may feel it’s too late or too hard to make the huge change. This is a message of hope that we can all live our lives in freedom, equality, and colour.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A black and white pencil drawing of a woman wearing a skirt and top. She has a cigarette in one hand and a bottle in the other. Her leg is up like she is leaning on a wall.]
Asking For It?
Asking For It?- a phrase Leanne would hear often as a young woman on a night out and unfortunately something she didn’t really question until more recently. It was/is banded around liberally to explain a female's attire and/or possibly her actions. So now Leanne is questioning- asking for what exactly? Verbal, physical, sexual abuse? Rape, murder even… justified perhaps because she was Asking For It? In this drawing the solitary figure remains unidentifiable, generic even, nameless, headless, a lass from the 90’s, 00’s or now. She seeks to ask the viewer to question themselves whilst judging her. If she was a murder victim how would the media/society portray/ judge/ disregard her if this was the only image they saw?
Instagram - @leanne_pearce_artist
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A drawing of 3 women facing away and looking into a sunset whilst in water]
The artist reflects on her proposal:
“So far from March to June there have been 5 femicides in my state (Quintana Roo) which I have learned about and followed, not counting those that happened previously in the year that I did not hear about. The Riviera Maya is a place where many women emigrate in search of better life opportunities, it fills me with sadness and anger to learn that they cannot fulfill their dreams because a man takes their life away.
Through this proposal for a mural, I want to highlight the femicides that have occurred in our city and at the same time pay tribute to the victims of femicide in our municipality. The objective is to paint this mural together, inviting people who are passing by to join in painting, opening space to talk about the femicides that occurred in our municipality. The legend of "always alive" will be placed at the top of the mural, referring to the women who have died here, seeking to dedicate this piece to commemorate them.
I consider myself a novice in feminist activism but with a lot of potential and a great desire to learn. I got involved for the first time with a feminist collective 2 months ago and we run a project through which we pay tribute to the lives of the victims of femicide in our state and surroundings. Art plays a huge role in feminist activism. In these times when society's gaze is on feminists, it seems important to me to take advantage of that and raise my voice in a way that society can understand or question, I consider that art is a sufficiently subtle and at the same time effective way to transmit our message. Likewise, it is a way of channeling the anxiety, indignation, frustration and anger that we live in the face of all the injustices towards women in our country.”
Instagram - @florecenlascalles
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A woman is raising her arm with a red handprint over her face. In the background is a crowd of people with red dresses above them and red shoes.]
Mary Lou Springstead
Ni Una Menos
Femicide and violence against women and girls has been neglected in representation within the news media. News coverage of femicide has changed in recent decades, but not enough to show that his violence is part of a larger social problem of violence against women and gender inequalities. Mary is inspired by the protests that have taken place globally and have focused on news headlines and articles covering these protests. She is moved by the use of symbolism, such as a red handprint across the mouth, which is a symbolic representation of violence and silence that affects indigenous women across Canada, the United States and beyond.
The red dress has also become a symbol for missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) and has evolved into a national movement in Canada known as The REDress Project. This was a public art installation originally created by Jaime Black in 2010 to commemorate the MMIW epidemic. Mary creates a surreal landscape using these dresses to represent the missing women.
Red shoes have been used worldwide to protest femicide but were originally used in Mexico and was created by and used as a performance protest by Elina Chauvet in 2009 after her sister was killed by her husband in a domestic violence case in the city of Juarez. They symbolise blood, love and absence. The highest femicide rates are in El Salvador, Honduras and South Africa. In the painting, the headlines are supposed to be trees where the red dresses hang. Some of the headlines were from an article about femicide in South Africa giving subheadings to the women who died- ‘a beloved sister’ and ‘she lit up the room’. These hit hard because we are all too used to seeing statistics and nameless victims. Mary has attempted to create a surreal representation of the power of protest and art.
Instagram - @hellomarylougoodbyeart
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A painting of a skeleton head and hand, the hand is holding a thistle. with red flames and the message saying ‘til death’]
Sofia Barton Till Death
Do you consider yourself a feminist activist? Why?
“Yes, I find the issues surrounding women extremely important. I come from an oppressive family background where I was expected to have an arranged marriage and wear traditional clothing as opposed to jeans. I am very passionate about equal rights, LGBTIA+, and the empowerment of ethnic minorities. My life experience has led to fighting for women’s rights and campaigning for ethnic minorities in the northeast.”
Instagram - @sofiabartonillustration
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [Cutout from newspaper. A photo of a woman is holding her hand up to the camera. There is a tablet in a plastic bag attached to the image]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [An inked image of a person holding up their arm wearing a face covering and hat]
Wheatpaste Without Fear!
What role do you see art playing in feminist activism?
“I see art as playing an integral role in feminist activism. First and foremost, opening creative spaces in which others are encouraged to participate, harbors a sense of community. It provides a platform whereby difficult topics can be approached and discussed from safe perspectives. Sharing in creative processes can be both healing, galvanizing and transformative. It encourages us to share our ideas for a brighter future and to find our voices when demanding better.
Instagram - @amy.vik.w
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ an illustration of a hand impaled on a piece of wood. Pink blood is coming out the wound and the arm has a tattoo of a heart with an arrow through it]
Do you consider yourself a feminist activist? Why?
“I create female art with strong female characters and I participate actively in feminist mural activities in Bristol with the collective Bristol Sister Hood. My work brings vibrant colours to often bleak subjects. I explore the millennial culture and its issues through pink tinted glasses, neon colours and dreamy characters.”
Instagram - @onirical_zubieta
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [An illustration of a green figure holding a pink figure with the words ‘violador feminicida’ coming from green figures head]
Dilo por su nombre
This work starts from the idea that feminist education is the key to achieve social changes, especially changing the form of expression in the tabloid media. In the tabloid titles we always see something like, "BOYFRIEND SEXUALLY ABUSED HIS GIRLFRIEND." No, no and no. Things should be called by name, such as RAPIST, FEMICIDE, MACHISTA, MISOGYNY, etc.
Instagram - @iraku_conde
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A striped pink and yellow poster on the side of a truck that says ‘In 2017 in Europe 184 people died as vicitims o terrorism 3000 females died as vistims of femicide.]
1:16 - Femicide Emergency
In 2017 in Europe the 'known' victims of femicide have been 3000 and studies carried out in the last few years have ascertained that the majority of femicides committed by current or former partners follow a specific pattern and mode. To date, no EU Member State has even incorporated a definition of femicide into their criminal law. This attitude is in contrast with the emergency policies adopted by the European States towards the phenomenon of terrorism: subsequent to the United States terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, where there were 2,977 victims, a common European definition of terrorism was established on June 13th 2002. The landmark Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA obliged the Member States to align their national legislations, including the implementation of preventative measures. The EU, taking into account the evolution of terrorism threats, in 2017 decided to strengthen its legal framework prescribing new terrorist offences: the directive 2017/541 introduces offences related to terrorist activities, which have the potential to lead to the commission of terrorist offences to prevent further attacks.
In less than one year the whole European Union has been able to change its legal framework about terrorism because of the death of 2,977 men and women. However, the death of at least 3,000 women and girls each and every year is somehow not enough... It also seems incongruous that the European countries have not been able to agree and put in action the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. This, also known as the Istanbul Convention, is “the first instrument in Europe to set legally binding standards specifically to prevent gender-based violence, protect victims of violence, and punish perpetrators”. Nevertheless, a number of governments and religious groups opposed it citing concerns that the treaty would threaten the traditional family structure and gender roles.
Instagram - @justlidialidia
Feminicidios en manos de los medios
This work seeks to make visible the way in which the media tries to silence the violence that is currently experienced by women, seeking to divert attention from the central problem, which is sexism and misogyny. This proposal was designed to be a mural, to be exhibited where people can easily see it and reflect on it, encouraging them to stop getting their version of reality from tabloid news.
Instagram - @malezamx
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [close up of 4 books with writing on them and blood splatters over them]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A woman is putting her lipstick on looking in a mirror. There is a sign over her saying ‘tickets sold out.’ A greek statue is looking down on the woman]
The Gaze Of Statues.
This is a deliberately dark piece riffing upon the danger of the male gaze. When as females we choose to wear make-up it could be read as encouraging male attention rather than just looking good and lifting our spirits. Susan has held feminist beliefs since university. In the 1970s the portrayal of females in the media was outrageously sexist. She often joined protests and rallies to promote the freedom of women to openly take the contraceptive pill. When Susan had her second child in 1991 her husband had to sign before she could be sterilised on medical grounds. Susan is now approaching her late 60's and still has a voice that that she wants to be heard.
Instagram - @susanplover
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A man and women are staring at each other. There is a black crack down the page with a broken heart on each side saying ‘61%.’ In one half of the image there is text saying ‘over half of the women killed in the uk by men were killed by their partner or ex’]
For research for this project, the artist downloaded the UK “Femicide census” and was particularly alarmed by a few of the statistics. Recently she has been shocked by UK statistics and developed the idea of producing illustrations with text highlighting a few of these (example: women are much more likely to be killed by a current or ex-partner) This illustration will work as impactful info graphics, informing women and those who care about them of the warning signs and perhaps organisations to contact, or action plans to put in place to protect women in danger of femicide.
Instagram - @maiamythical
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A woman is lying on the floor wearing a white dress. a wolf is at her feet. They are both next to a green wall has graffiti on it]
Inspired by the buildings and walls that were scratched and painted during the feminist strike in Mexico on 8 March. As Rebecca walked down the street that day she was documenting these intervened monuments, Rebecca came across this text: Ni Una Menos, ni Cis ni Trans. The Revolution Monument or The Fatherland Monument. She doesn't care about those monuments, it is the graffiti that is more important. That's why she treasures them and portrays them in her paintings. This painting titled Trans finished on the Trans visibility day (March 31st) The lilies of her garden were blooming. It is a beautiful show that only happens once a year so she wanted to dedicate them to Trans women.
Instagram - @rebeccareyees
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A figure in a blue hoodie with a fireball in their hands.]
Si tocan a una - de canción sin miedo
What role do you see art playing in feminist activism?
“Art allows us to spread ideas, to visualise “the impossible” (which can become very possible), see things from a different perspective, and to inspire and evoque feelings and reactions. I think art can honour our sisters and our lives, it can explain points, bring theory to practice - and in the feminist presents and futures that we are building, art is central. It can use our culture and turn upside down the bits that we want to change or ditch. And art can be a tool for democracy - at the end of the day, women in the arts have been invisibilized for so long and we know that we can all be artists. Let’s fill the space with feminist art.”
Instagram - @marga.rh
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A handmade newspaper with cut out images of faces, text and hand written text.]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A cutout of newspaper images. image of two women spreading their legs on a train with a cross word behind them. a rose and magazine text on the side of the image.]
Amy Tara Bullard
The Blood Times
The artists has taken a classic British newspaper double spread and created The Blood Times, which is an informative newspaper collage that changes the narrative on femicide. The front page of the newspaper includes striking headlines e.g. a new initiative whereby men and boys are encouraged to learn how to process rejection from women without violence.
The pages include a written piece by the artist about intersectionality and the media portrayal of femicide. Including an article by Yvonne Roberts from The Guardian that asks the question “who’s killing our daughters” which changes the narrative around femicide.
Underneath these articles she has created the pyramid of violence against women and girls showing that all violence towards women is connected, the normalisation of catcalling for example creates a society whereby more extreme forms of violence such as rape becomes “acceptable”.
Instagram - @amytarabullard
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [Close up photo of weaving newspaper cuttings with purple glitter scissor sitting on top of it]
Tejidos que necesitamos cortar
When one imagines an act of violence as powerful as murder, it is seen as an act that happens in a few seconds, someone kills someone and that's it. With this we can conclude that in a femicide the factors that matter are only those that happened at the time - stupid things like the time of day or the clothing the women wore, or really important things like those involved. The truth is that a femicide is an act that has been constructed for many, many years by the patriarchal system. It is a hate crime against women, which is the result of a system that has been weaving over the years a network of hate, misogyny and machismo. This piece presents the fabric that has been formed over the years.
Instagram - @pili_roalandini
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ An illustration of 3 women embracing each other and holding a flaming heart and they are surrounded by fire.]
Somos el grito de las que ya no están
The message of this piece is about the memory of the victims of femicide, in naming them in the constant fight against impunity and silence of the state, letting it know that it owes them, their families and us. It is a constant reminder to stop femicidal violence.
Through graphics, the artist has tried to make evident women’s realities and lived experience, generating spaces for more women to occupy the streets and for the violence that the artist has experienced to be named, and not to be repeated against other women. Graphics or art are a form of struggle, the image is very powerful as a tool to make injustices evident to a greater number of people.
Instagram - @pearlie_sanchez
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A young woman's face, she is surrounded by flowers and butterflies]
This piece expresses the feeling of all women, the anger and strength we feel on behalf of those who are no longer with us. Women are represented in their best way; butterflies are the representation of all our sisters, daughters, friends, we are their anger, their eyes and their voice, because they never left, they are more present than ever!
Instagram - @funny_graff
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [2 figures holding up posters. The 1st figure is covered with a hood with a handprint over their mouth. Another figure is crying holding up an image of a woman smiling.]
Las dos caras de la censura
This piece deals with the ways in which the mass media is manifested from two points of view, in this case, talking about gender-based violence. Two characters hold a poster with a different story, about the arrest of a person. The prosecutors' offices and the media at the time of disclosing the aggressor's photograph, are obliged to cover his full face and surname. However, the mass media, when it comes to increasing their sales, resort to sensationalism, and re-victimise the victim. This is a proposal for a mural.
Instagram - @onejo_conejo