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 - @nararosetto
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 BartonTill 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]