A Woman's Place Is Everywhere
Women artists supporting women's causes. Wendy Elia showing with 'A Woman's Place Is Everywhere'
LDN 8-14h March 2022 Curated by Boa Swindler & Infinity Bunce 12-7pm daily The Cello Factory 33-34 Cornwall Road Waterloo London SE1 8JT
This project, a fundraiser for the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Women's Aid, Sistah Space and Southall Black Sisters, was born out of a rant between the curators. It started out as them getting fired up over the age old gender inequalities that exist in the art world. During this time, the news was also bombarding the nation with stories of horrendous cases of escalating and unacceptable accounts of violence against women and the unforgettable footage from Afghanistan. The root cause of violence and suppression of women is in misogyny, tell us why then, is misogyny not a recognized hate crime? Rampant sexism in society keeps women at a lower social status and prejudices their rights. A decision was made to hold an on going project to feature top women artists in open
exhibitions, to support women's causes. Looking back, led by Sylvia Pankhurst in 1914, The East London Federation of Suffragettes was at the centre of the struggle for women's rights. International Women's Day was started by the suffragettes in 1911. However, 150 years earlier, in Hackney, Mary Wollstonecraft, considered the mother of feminism and at the forefront of the movement, made the first huge steps towards the on going quest for gender equality. Her book, A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women was published in 1792. In it she argued for women's equality, stating that women were not inferior to men, but appeared that way because they lacked access to education. She also proposed gender inclusion in parliament and that boys and girls be educated together. Despite mixing with the (male) intellectual radicals of the day, she was totally discredited and annihilated by misogyny. It seemed fitting to honour our early feminist heroines by launching this project on International Women's Day. The good fight for women's rights continues. The curators started out ranting about gender inequality in the art world. Ranting about violence against women. Ranting about the educational denial of women. Not much has changed since 1792.
The curators are Infinity Bunce, artist, curator, educator and champion of women urban artists and artist Boa Swindler, aka Debra Wilson co founder/director/curator of innovative WW Gallery in Hackney and Hatton Garden, London. Working in partnership with The Cello Factory London. Details of talks and a screening tbc will be posted online.
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