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RISE: new show – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence EXTENDED to Feb 2020

ANON. Rise exhibition poster for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The RISE exhibition is travelling! With new work by ten artists added to the roster of some 40+ featured artists, photographers and poets, the show is moving to a new, larger venue: 44 on Long for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

The show runs daily from 25 November to 10 December, with an open night on Thursday 5 December.

Proceeds of art sales are being donated to Nonceba.org, an organisation in Khayelitsha doing important work rehabilitating women and children survivors of sexual abuse. You can support this important cause by ordering artworks and prints online or donating directly to the organisation.

A group exhibition of 50+ artists, photographers, poets, activists and protesters united in solidarity for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

New Venue: 44 on Long

Featuring

Mariette Momberg (poster artwork), Carin Bester, Lindeka Qampi, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Grace Cross, Kathryn Harmer Fox, Thembi Mthembu, Nicky Newman, Ellena Lourens, Andy Mason (N.D. Mazin), Mareli Esterhuizen, Mariëtte Kotzé, Driekie van Wyk, Pony of the Sea (Katya Wagner), Adele van Heerden, Alka Dass, Alyssa Smith (OFYT), Amy Simons, Jabu Nadia Newman, Ayanda Ndamane, Bianca Oosthuizen, Caitlin Montague & Natasha Liow (We See You), Cathy Rogers, Conform, Gabriela Charlotte, Ivan Smith, Kimon Bisogno, Lauren LaRouge, Leah Mann, Lizzy Muholi, Mary Wiggill, Masechaba Khoza, Meagan Meredith, Mercury Duma, Michael Chandler, Mia Holmberg Karlsson, Mishal Weston, Mishka Coopoosammy, Nicole Gibbons, Osamah Atif, Pia Truscott, Richard Winter, Sarah Jayne Fell, SistaazHood/Jan Hoek/Duran Lantink, Sinovuyo Matolengwe, Sophie Cope, Tabitha Guy, Temweka Chirwa, Xanthe Scout and Yashmeen Khan.

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RISE by ANON. Pop Up Art Show

ANON Rise exhibition poster 01

ANON.
Pop Up Art Show

presents

RISE

LAUNCH
Pop Up Exhibition
24 – 28 October 2019
Salt Circle Arcade

NEW SHOW: EXHIBITION & SPECIAL EVENT
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
25 November to 10 December 2019
44 on Long

“Still, like air, I rise…” – Maya Angelou

A curated exhibition of artists, photographers, activists & poets

Featured Artists

Lindeka Qampi, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Grace Cross, Mareli Esterhuizen, Michael Chandler, Mariëtte Kotzé, Driekie van Wyk, Thembi Mthembu, Pony of the Sea (Katya Wagner), Alyssa Smith (OFYT), Andy Mason (N.D. Mazin), Nicky Newman, Adele van Heerden, Ayanda Ndamane, Bianca Oosthuizen, Caitlin Montague & Natasha Liow, Carin Bester, Conform, Ellena Lourens, Gabriela Charlotte, Gina Niederhumer, Ivan Smith, Kimon Bisogno, Lauren LaRouge, Leah Mann, Lizzy Muholi, Mary Wiggill, Masechaba Khoza, Meagan Meredith, Mia Holmberg Karlsson, Mishal Weston, Mishka Coopoosammy, Nicole Gibbons, Osamah Atif, Pia Truscott, Richard Winter, Sarah Jayne Fell, SistaazHood with Jan Hoek & Duran Lantink, Sinovuyo Matolengwe, Sophie Cope, Tabitha Guy, Temweka Chirwa, Xanthe Scout and Yashmeen Khan.

“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ― Malala Yousafzai

@anonpopup #riseanon

ANON. Pop Up Art Show is hosting its second pop-up exhibition. Entitled RISE, the show is in support of the movement against femicide and gender-based violence. A curated show of original artwork, protest posters and photography, proceeds on art sales are being donated to Nonceba Family Counselling Centre, a centre in Khayelitsha that supports victims of sexual abuse.

Taking a stand against gender-based violence, the show is an urgent call to RISE together to work towards creating safe communities and a nonviolent future. It is also a tribute to those who have suffered or lost their lives: rest in power, we know who you are and you are remembered for lighting the way, in a dark time, towards a better future. One we would like to raise daughters in.

In a time of pain and heightened emotion for all of us, RISE seeks to focus on the positive outcomes of sharing stories and a culture of support. How do we channel this powerful energy into positive change? How do we rise up stronger than before? How do we contribute beyond hashtag activism? Through the show we would like to share a positive message that is forward-looking and seeks to work towards social transition and healing through open communication and creative expression.

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INSPIRATION

Still I Rise

 BY MAYA ANGELOU

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

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ANON. Pop Up Art Show – debut exhibition

ANON. Pop Up Art Show

ANON.
POP UP ART SHOW

42 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town
21 to 25 February 2019

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman” Virginia Woolf

Introducing ANON.

ANON. is a new contemporary gallery concept launching at this debut show in February 2019. Conceived, curated and produced by Sarah Jayne Fell, ANON. is a democratic space for sharing and experiencing art beyond four walls. Not restricted to one venue or format, ANON. is designed as a pop-up gallery that lives both tangibly in physical space over a limited period of time, as well as virtually, online (Instagram @anonpopup), accessible for an indeterminate duration as a growing and limitless body of work.

This, the debut show by ANON., is a curated group exhibition that embodies the Virginia Woolf quote that inspired the name. (In fact, the full and original quote goes: “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”) As a tribute to the great writer’s lifelong fight for gender equality, the show is not restricted to art by women, nor is it an attempt to pay lip-service to a simplistic notion of “feminism” (or, pinkwashing).

ANON. is about giving a voice to the voiceless, a name to the unnamed. It’s about celebrating creative expression and encouraging it as a fundamental human right and need. Artistic expression is at once freeing and defining, personal and universal, therapeutic and communicative, internal and external, emotive and physical, connective and introspective, intellectual and instinctual, boundary–  breaking and definitive, a push and a pull; extremely vulnerable and yet so liberating. It’s the complexity and tension in these dynamics that make it so simple and clear: it is imperative for each of us to express ourselves and to be given the space to do so.

Undeniably women have been marginalised historically in this basic human right. (A 1984 poster by the Guerilla Girls famously asked, Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum? – based on the statistic that less than 5% of their artists are women and yet 95% of the nudes are female.) And so this exhibition’s focus is on expressing female identity in all its complexity, having a conversation around female artistic expression as well as how women are represented in art, as well as more broadly prompting dialogue around gender – whether it be gender identity or fluidity, breaking stereotypes or reinforcing gender roles. All opinions have their place.

The work selected for the show all speak to some aspect of this, and in the diversity, variety and incredible openness and vulnerability in so many of the submissions, ANON. comes together as a body of work that is powerful and compelling. I am humbled by the response I have had in just one month since putting this out into the world (over 250 submissions were received). I hope to host another show like this in the future and its success is something you can assist in by sharing with your friends, inviting your networks and of course, buying art!

Giving ourselves permission to be vulnerable allows us to connect with one another. And so I encourage all of you to make art, and to support art.

Sarah Jayne Fell
Curator & founder of ANON.
editor@sarahjaynefell.com / +27 (0) 84 6222 486

 

Featured Artists

Professor Sir Zanele Muholi, Lindeka Qampi, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Suzanne Duncan, Mareli Esterhuizen, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Danielle Clough, Fabrica, Laura Wenman, Detroit Lee, Carol Hayward Fell, Kimon Bisogno, SaySay.Love, Mariëtte Kotzé, Greta Davis, Therese Mullins, René Yaffes, Christina Yaffes, Driekie van Wyk, Farah Hernandez, Kate Arthur, Jade Buccholtz, Jade Klara, Katya Wagner, Kate Soal, Ant de Klerk, Kylie Hepburn & Jacqui Cooks, Gino Bassi,  Madeleine Bazil, Marelize Raubenheimer, Angus Begg (Humans of Cape Town) and Velt (Nicola Andrag) with live performances by Mamello Makhetha and Anonymous.