IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A photo of a women in a crowded market wearing a dress made of white gloves]
Nara Coló Rosetto
This performance piece of the artists walking through busy streets, wearing a dress made of white medical gloves. The gloves represent the hands that harass, assault and silence a woman's body. During the pandemic domestic violence cases have risen, this dress symbolizes the growing number of women physically assaulted during social isolation.
Instagram - @nararosetto
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [An cartoon image of purple drawn crosses with women's names going down it. A TV is in the middle with a QR code on the screen.]
Fem against Media
Karen Namas believes that graphics are not enough to express the role that the media plays as allies of the patriarchy, in making the violence that women experience invisible. This illustration is intended to be an installation that can be placed in a public space where there is the possibility of planting crosses and putting an old or cardboard TV in the middle of them. The idea is to create an interactive piece, where passersby can scan a QR code that will direct them to an Instagram account created for this piece, in which news is corrected in addition to pointing out the language and the way in which the media ignores, diminishes or creates a spectacle around femicides.
Art is another way of reaching society, a way that many of us express ourselves, and being able to approach sensitive topics in a less invasive way but many times much more radical way. Art is capable of transforming and questioning everything.
Instagram - @Live.your.vulva
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A photo of colourful falling silhouette figures in the middle of the street]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a woman sitting on a public street bench in a red dress. There is a sign infront of her that says ‘Should I be sexually abused’ with 2 boxes next to the sign saying yes and no.]
Little Red Dress Project
Verene is a performance artist, photographer, and filmmaker, Verene’s work uses a wide range of mediums to express and question moralities and what is acceptable nowadays. Consumerism, injustice, feminism are subjects that arise frequently and echo the socio-political climate of our time. Suffering from depression and PTSD, the artist is using her trauma to create work that is bold, unapologetic and raw in its content.
With this performance the artist places herself in the public and asks the members of the public their opinion on the subject, "Should I be sexually abused?" and a 'yes' or 'no' answer box.
By being in the streets and engaging with people who don’t visit creative spaces, it's simply asking everyone to participate, reflect, think about the statement.
Even in the media, women who are raped or killed or bullied are somehow blamed for what has happened to them, it's not normal in our society and it has to stop.
Instagram - @veren_e88art
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a burnt out sparklers on the floor]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A photo of a woman painted blue with red veins and a drawn heart on the chest. She is sitting down and is surrounded by drawn eyes coming from flowers. Her face is painted like a skeleton]
La Eré Zapata
Mexican folklore preserves very stigmatising archetypes on the image of women, it is no coincidence that in a country with 11 femicides a day, one of the most representative characters in the country is La Catrina and her graphic representation of women dressed in colours and other ornaments. In Mexico, Death has the face of a woman: sometimes solemn and other times festive. Narratives that move between the sacred woman (the virgin, mother, exploited woman who deserves respect) and the profane woman (anyone who dares to break the established order) are chilling: if a women falls into the ‘profane’ category, she is deserving of violence, according to public opinion.
This piece explores pain from the perspective of the character of death in Mexico, using a traditional song and exploring stigmatised elements, such as the nude, from our context as women - to speak for ourselves so as not to fall into oblivion, from our own narratives, far from the idealised, to speak of pain, anger and resistance.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [a close up of a tortilla wrap that has red ink on it and an illustration of a animal]
Mujeres de Juarez
This body of work comes as a manifestation of Erikas interest to make public the murders of women in Cd. Juarez. It is a problem that has been going on since 1993 in the north of Mexico, at the border of the United States. These murders are specifically focused on young women between 16-40 years old, which have been the target for unknown reasons. The response of the Mexican government to resolve these murders and the international involvement for it to happen is very precarious. Erika, as a Mexican woman and as an artist that lives outside of Mexico, she wants people to know about these deaths. Femicides are still happening all over Mexico and all over the world.
Erika is an artist that primarily works in printmaking. She takes from the written words of the Police Graphic Archives the descriptions of how the bodies of these women have been found and from them create a drawing that depicts the graphic description. She uses the corn tortillas to print into as a way to relate what Mexican’s eat with what happens. She describes it as “eating our own shit.” The more people know about these realities the closer we can ask the media, institutions and governments to focus their attention to solve these issues.
Instagram - @erikaserving
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a woman is sitting in a white dress, her head is bowed down. She is wearing a long red and white scarf]
Do you consider yourself a feminist activist? Why?
“I like to think back to something I heard or read, I can’t really remember which it was. I was told the day you become a feminist is the best and worst revelation you will face; the best because you realize the expectations you thought were normal were no longer in your size, and that it was ok to venture off to new shop, and become a new size. However, it is the worst revelation because after, you begin to pinpoint every single detail in your life that chases to tear you down, because of your gender.”
Instagram - @alicee_wong
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [a photo of a large wall with falling silhouette figures all over it and writing in between the figures]
This proposal consists of installations inspired by the current wave of femicides. They are made up of silhouettes of women in falling poses. They represent vulnerability and helplessness, the feeling of imminent fall. They appear in large numbers alluding to the multiplicity of cases, with the intention of generating a reaction and reflection in the public.
Instagram - @lorena.malo
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a train track with a mirrored silhouette in the centre. The sun is setting in the background.]
La muerte sale por el Oriente “Death comes from the East” deals with feminicidal violence through three axes: 1) documentary photography of demonstrations and actions carried out by mothers of victims, families, organisations and the civilian population, 2) intervention in the territory from the placement of a silhouette of a woman made mirror, in public spaces in the municipalities of Chimalhuacán and Neza where there is a high number of femicides and 3) digital mapping of cases of femicide (via google maps).
With these 3 lines, in addition to creating a visual memory of the demonstrations and struggles carried out mainly by the mothers and relatives of the victims, the artist tries to explore other visual narratives to continue talking about the situation that is experienced in Neza and that is unfortunately reflected throughout the country.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a woman holding a sparklier]
Polvo de Estrellas.
“Stardust’ is a performance piece where members of the public light a sparkler representing a victim of femicide, and watch it slowly disappear. The sparkler is then placed in a row of extinguished sparklers, symbolising the bodies of disappeared women. This action seeks to generate empathy and collective solidarity of women and men to combat this social problem and eradicate violence against women.
Instagram - @alina_sanchez_lopez
VIDEO DESCRIPTION [A video of a woman using a bullet to put red lipon the mouth]
Alma García Gil.
DIY / CÓMO MAQUILLARSE LOS LABIOS CON UNA BALA DISPARADA
The artist grew up in Culiacán, Sinaloa, a place she says has the highest beauty standards in Mexico. Tierra Caliente, cradle of narcoculture, gold mine of plastic surgeons and land of the buchonas, iconic women whom the artist imagines putting on blood-red lipstick with fired bullets. She internalised the norms that constantly made her feel out of place, stuck between this hyper-feminine aesthetic and her non-binary gender expression. Once she was out of her hometown, she explored her self-perception and image to reconcile with feminine energy and build her own concept of it through actions of conquest, proclamation and recognition of the violence that is exerted on female bodies from the aesthetic hegemony.
Instagram - @therivertakesme
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a close up shot of plasic bag covered over a face with text printed all over it]
Jackie Sewell Suffocation
Women are often killed by someone they know and have a close relationship with. The constant manipulation in their lives, the fear of violence and never actually feeling safe. The mind games and abuse, the uncertainty between life and death. These women are crushed by men, debilitated by their strength and their overpowering control. The restrictions, the jealousy, and the insecurities that men inflict on women. The women are constantly made to feel guilty for causing the men to behave in the way they do. Blaming themselves and trying to compensate for their horrific behavior. Women feel stifled and suffocated in this situation. Women mask what is going on in their lives because they are embarrassed that it is happening to them, they make excuses until it is too late……
Jackie’s work is a series of death masks, made with paper Mache and plastic carrier bags. The carrier bag is a huge part of the work that Jackie has produced in recent years.
Jackie’s masks represent a woman's life, a femicide life. Using the graphics on the bags to describe stages in their lives, combined with text that is part of the mask but also using text, she will create a circle of life. The recent death of Sarah Everard, brought women onto the street, making this subject prominent in the news. All but for a short amount of time, highlighting this issue.