IMAGE DESCRIPTION [a black and white close up photo of a womens face with gold colour over one eye which is hiding an injury.]
Dark Beauty is a project-based around healing survivors of domestic violence. Using their own ‘selfies’ of their injuries, The artist uses these images to create healing portraits for the survivors. The artist uses the art of Kintsugi, to replace their injuries with liquid gold. The image might be seen as broken to some but the artist brings strength to the survivors and these marks are a part of the history of this woman's life; it isn't something that defines them.
Domestic Violence increases the risk of femicide, over half (61%) of women killed by men in the UK in 2018 were killed by a current or ex-partner. (Femicide Census).
Instagram - @trishmayesarts
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A comic strip of a a journey of a man getting ready and having an argument and fight with someone]
MAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a glamorously dressed woman with a white wig and pink clothings next to a pink soft unicorn toy surrounded by a pink background. Over the image is cut out newspaper letters saying “sisters against police brutality”]
Sisters Against Police Brutality.
Do you consider yourself a feminist activist? Why?
“Of course, I do, I feel as though anyone female-identifying who is not a feminist is a product of privilege. Gender-based prejudices are everywhere and ignoring them is problematic. I have experienced first-hand what a product of the patriarchy does and how disgustingly harmful that is. I am equal to my male counterparts and I will be considered no less than exactly that. If anyone tried to tell me what I can or can't do because of my biological sex then I would respond by proving them wrong.”
On Saturday 13th March 2021 campaigners, Reclaim these Streets organized widespread vigils around the UK to honour the life of Sarah Everard. Home Secretary, Priti Patel sent a message to all police chiefs to make it clear that the vigils shouldn't be taking place due to COVID. Some vigils got cancelled and some scheduled events went online. A vigil for Everard took place on Clapham Common. Throughout the early part of the day, hundreds of people attended to pay their respects. After a certain time The Metropolitan Police's decision to break up the crowd, and their behaviour in forcibly arresting attendees and walking over the flowers laid by them, prompted public anger.
Instagram - @olivia_majella_art
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A black and white photo of a man and a woman. The woman is sitting on a rock. Her face is covered with a bristle flower.]
Iris Legendre creates storytelling through her “hand-made” manipulations of images: the series titled Photographies (2013) reveals period photographs pierced with needles, covered with pearls, feathers, corals or seashells. These masked portraits put back into perspective what one usually expects when looking at a face: a mask of flesh preferably suggesting that everything goes well. However, broken hearts, shattered bodies, eaten up by diverse feelings or away by disease, sometimes lurk behind the smiling faces in family albums.
Instagram - @iris.legendre
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [Women sticking her middle finger up to two men laughing at a newspaper with a woman's dead body on the front page]
Susana y los viejos… 1300 años después.
In Mexico it is very common for newspapers to show photos of the bodies of murdered women, hoping that people's morbidness will cause them to buy more copies. By doing this, the newspapers take away any remaining dignity from the victim, making her an object of consumption even after her death. At the same time, they are contributing to the culture of misogyny that dominates the country, blaming the victim for her own death to their audience, and portraying the aggressor as someone who was provoked.
The artist considers hereself in the middle of a process of deconstruction, that is why she cannot consider herself a feminist activist yet. Art, especially illustration, has been a very useful tool during this process, as words usually fail her, but images don't.
Instagram - @maldonado__ad
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ an illustration of a woman in burlesque style undergarments, with pink long hair wearing a crown. She is surrounded by fire and above the figure its written “burn it all”]
RoviBurn It All..
This is a representation of the artist herself and all the women who have experienced situations of harassment, violence and physical, verbal or psychological aggression. The artist is a woman and the mother of a girl that she wants to educate with strength and a lot of power. This is the first time that she has decided to raise her voice for herself, for her daughter and for all those who do not know how to shout about that anger, that fear, what we want and deserve.
Instagram - @rovi_designmx
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [black and white photo of a woman sitting at her computer with a baklava over her head]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [black and white photo of clothes assembled on a bed, two pairs of folded trousers, hat and mask and a pair of shoes.]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A painting of an orange background with a woman's body on the floor covered with the mexican flag]
The work is a visual reflection on femicide in Mexico through the media, social indifference, and the ineffectiveness of the state. The idea for this painting came from the news about the femicide of Ingrid Escamilla, followed by the femicide of Fátima Cecilia. "1810-?" is the perception of what could be observed in the media: the state trying to ignore these cases, the social indifference, and the lack of legal action. Since 1810, Mexico has been an independent country, shaped by sexism from the beginning. Gender inequality persists. We see it in the average of ten women who are victims of femicide per day in Mexico. We see it in the victim-blaming of women who have suffered rape and femicide, and in the impunity of the perpetrators. We hear it from our disinterested government that tries to ignore violence against women as much as possible. Will sexism ever be talked about as something that disappeared?
Instagram - @vanessa.saavedra.art
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [textile collage of checkered colourful pattern with 3 square eyes and lips with small text written in spanish]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [collage images of a letter and calendar]
Panayú G. Sala
Casos de archivo: género
Series of 3 collages based on a 1933 document from the decentralised archive of the community of San Francisco Totimehuacán (Puebla, Mexico) where the artist is a volunteer in documentary rescue. Here the future of the resolutions of the case are explored, and leave an open question: would it have ended in femicide? All because there has been a lack of a deeper process of investigation in the media, in regional history, where a history of violence can be reconstructed to understand how these cases were not news.
Instagram - @pannygsala
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A photo of a woman close up, smiling and showing her chest tattoo off to the camera. The tattoo says, “Que me falte todo menos mi madre”]
No Estamos Todas.
Fabiola Rodríguez has been a photojournalist for 9 years. Her job consists of documenting through her camera the reality of the murders of women in Mexico, being in the place of the findings, and portraying the murders of women from a gender perspective, working to eradicate the sensationalism and morbidity of the tabloid press, changing violent and misogynistic narratives. She has also captured the actions and marches that make this epidemic visible in Mexico, where around 11 women die every day. With her photography she tries not to pigeonhole women who have been victims, instead she wants to give them a name, an identity, to remember them as they were, and not as the tabloid press shows them on the front pages of newspapers.
The artist considers herself a feminist activist. She says that “once you put on your purple glasses you begin to realise the inequalities that exist in the patriarchal structure that we inhabit. When others recognise you as a feminist, we begin to create women's networks to support us in personal issues, to get out of circles of violence, to organise ourselves to go out on the streets and shout for each one of the women, girls and adolescents that are victims of femicide. Feminism within art is key because we started to name ourselves as creators, we stopped being muses for blokes, we became masters of our own bodies and discourses.”
Instagram - @fabzphotoslp
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A day of the dead skeleton is lying on an orange ground. Surrounded by the night sky, there are cutouts of text all around the work. The Grim Reaper is a dark shadow on the side]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ An illustration of a woman wearing a religious headdress is crying and holding 2 children. With the words “cuidanos de los feminicidas” around it.]
Virgencita, cuidanos de los feminicidas
The Virgin of Guadalupe is a religious and cultural symbol of protection and respect for and towards women: Mexico is a country that is more ‘Guadalupano’ than Catholic, the same country where 11 women are murdered daily. In each corner there is a niche, chapel, little picture or altar that alludes to different ¨Milagros¨ or ¨Petitions¨ that can be manifested through Faith, need, even despair. Like many others, the artist has sent her prayers to the universe, feminist companions, luck and anything that can save us from femicide.
Instagram - @mexicana_silvestre
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A colourful collage of womens faces with a bird flying over them, an open mouth with a target and oregano bird and three women sitting together. With planet earth in the background]
Jael de la Luz
The artist explore the issue of femicide in Mexico by centering elements that evoke honouring the memory of women who have been murdered, and bringing to the public the fears that others express about not knowing if they will be the next. Her collages are inspired by the stories of anonymous women that I heard about or who she knew that had been brutally murdered. They are women who live and live on the outskirts, especially in the State of Mexico, where the artist is from. The visual-narrative elements that make up these collages connect the exploration of femicide, the border, relocation, intergenerational violence and also the efforts to eradicate gender-based violence; racialisation and territorial and spiritual ancestry.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A drawing of a sad woman's face surrounded by a milk carton, a coffee cup and a newspaper.]
The artist’s idea is to convey the emotions she feels when she finds out about a case of femicide through television or the newspaper, how badly communicated news can ruin the day, when it is impossible to stop thinking that it could have been you, someone close to you, or how it is simply unfair. It is scary to see that the press doesn’t do anything to tackle femicide, they only take advantage of it, they make news for a while, and then it is forgotten.
Art is one of the many essential elements in ensuring feminism reaches people, giving a message either softly or abruptly depending on the need. Art makes people feel, interpret and reason, it leaves a message because it has an impact that may change perspectives and generate a conversation.
Instagram - @Alecova
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [ A comic strip of a journey of a bus ride. The bus is crowded by lots of big characteristics faces]
EL-LE is a comic strip divided into five parts with different endings each, in which the re-victimisation of women killed by femicide is pointed out. Planned to primarily be a self-published and artisan-printed fanzine, the project would also be available digitally.
Nowadays, feminist art is positioned in popular culture, generating the message to young generations who begin questioning early the romanticisation of being a woman in a man's world. Propaganda art is necessary to make noise in public spaces, among crowds. Likewise, female representation has increased both in the art world and in other disciplinary fields, demystifying gender stereotypes and roles.
Instagram - @paaajara
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A collage of black and white images of womens faces, one is holding a cross and surrounded by raised fists and flowers. Back and above from that image is a drawing of a woman's face, her lips are bright red and her eyes are covered with text layered over the blindfold. Cut out images of flowers surround]
10 de Mayo.
The artist states that during all the time that President Lopez has been in power, he has ignored gender violence, he has defended rapists, he has said absurd things about femicide. On 10 May 2021, the president decided to celebrate mothers with a "festival", ignoring mothers who are victims of femicides or disappearances, where every year, mothers have nothing to celebrate but much to demand, above all JUSTICE from a government that is deaf, turns a blind eye. In this work the artist wanted to represent a different May 10, 2021 - mothers living in a world that for them is grey and lifeless, because they have not been able to get justice for their daughters.
Instagram - @clauzziagomez
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A coloured photo of a woman sitting on grass surrounded by flowers. Her face is covered in red pins and are placed around the photo]
IMAGE DESCRIPTION [A black and white photo of a man and a woman. Her face and body is covered in pins]
IIMAGE DESCRIPTION [a smiling young woman holding a mandolin with two dogs at the side of her. The portrait is surrounded by flowers with a hummingbird feeding from the flowers on the woman's head]