Have you ever wondered why so many of the images of women that we see in museums, galleries and media are nudes? Why are there so few women artists displayed in museums? What roles women have played in our visual history? Why are art institutions still accomplice to such discrimination?

In this unique panel talk guest speakers discuss the detrimental effects of women’s misrepresentation throughout our visual history and the misogynist violence behind it. Museums have traditionally presented themselves as safe spaces to enjoy spectacle of beauty and craftsmanship and learn about our shared histories. In fact, one might assume that such cultural institutions would be ethically keen to offer fair perspectives and critical analyses against discriminatory narratives. However, disparities in women’s representation remain prevalent in many museum collections to this day.

This art discussion provides a platform for dialogue on gender-related issues – from sexual abuse and gender violence to the miss-representation and discrimination of women.

We aim to escape the passive reception and acceptance of art and images and promote the act of looking as an active, critical dialogue and analysis that can be extended to all manner of images that we see and encounter day to day.

My involvement with Sheroes-Revoluciones gave me the opportunity to share personal art work in a safe and supportive space. It has been refreshing to be part of a creative initiative that seeks to spearhead social change through spotlighting herstories; ones that have often been ignored, misrepresented and censored. Sheroes provided me with a vibrant platform from which to connect with others authentically, challenge dominant narratives relating to the representation of women across history, and critically discuss gender-based violence. In bringing together diverse groups of artists, writers, activists, academics, policy makers, etc. Sheroes is helping to give voice to those who have often been silenced. Viva La Revoluciones!

Miranda Gavin

ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Dr. Catherine McCormack is an art historian, independent curator and author of Women in the Picture: Women, Art and the Power of Looking and The Art of Looking Up . She is the founder and course leader of the Women and Art study programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and regularly writes on contemporary and historical art.

Miranda Gavin is a writer specialising in photography, an educator and art activist. She has written for numerous publications in print and online and recently curated GASLIGHTING, an online group art show of work created by those with direct experience of domestic abuse. Miranda is co-founder and facilitator of Tri-Pod— a creative initiative set up in 2010 to offer support for photographers and lens-based artists working on personal projects in process.

Rahima Begum is a London based artist, creative consultant and activist. She is the founding director of international human rights organisation and grassroots movement Restless Beings – dedicated to supporting the world’s most marginalised communities. Restless Beings occupies the space between activism, academia and advocacy. Rahima is the driving force for numerous human rights projects.

Alinta Sara is the co-founder of Bokantaj, a collaborative initiative that aims to raise greater awareness about the historical trajectories and universal themes that connect communities in the global South. Her current research is on the Afro Brazilian architectural heritage in the Bight of Benin and reflects on the link between collect memory, space and architecture. Alinta Sara is working as a lecturer at the CLCC at Imperial College as well as a freelance workshop producer.

ABOUT US

Sheroes is a collaborative project that highlights hidden herstories through the arts.

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