artSPACE durban invites artists - from hobbyist to professional - to participate in their new exhibition, 11x11: Inanimate Objects. The exhibition will take place as a lead up to “16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children” which takes place from 25 November until 10 December.
By participating in the exhibition, artists will be supporting Diakonia Council of Church’s “Thursdays in Black: towards a world without rape and violence” campaign. All commission proceeds of artSPACE durban from this exhibition will be donated to Diakonia for them to fund campaign buttons.
Thursdays in Black is a programme run by Diakonia Council of Churches to encourage men and women to wear black every Thursday to raise awareness around issues of gender justice, violence against women and corrective rape.
The theme of the exhibition is “an inanimate object, a modern twist on the still life”. The exhibition explores what is an inanimate object. It considers that it is “an object that has no life-bearing parts - like a teddy bear, a snow globe or a lamp for example. The exception being plants for although plants are living organisms, they are considered inanimate objects.
The connection with this exhibition and the beneficiary is that often women are still considered inanimate objects – with no rights and no voice. The horrendous shooting in Pakistan of teenage gender and peace activist, Malala Yousafzai, by the Pakistani Taliban reminds us of how crucial and topical this campaign is globally.
Text and photo by Illa Thompson of Publicity Matters
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