RE-IMAGINE - Feminist Artists Change the Narrative on how Femicide is Portrayed in the Media.

Deadline: 25/06/2021  |  Published: 02/06/2021  |  City: Mainly in the North East but can do it locally to you.  |  Region: Tyne and Wear  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Michaela wetherell

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We are inviting artists who identify as women and as feminists to create activist artwork around the theme of how femicide is portrayed in mass media. The work will be displayed online in parallel at Pink-Collar Gallery (www.pink-collargallery.com) and Las Iluministas Gallery (www.lasiluministas.art).

When a woman's life is taken, so much more is taken from her: her name, her story, her interests, her identity, her hopes and dreams. This happens not just at the moment when she is killed, but when her murder is represented in mass media if it is represented at all. 

On the 3rd March 2021, Sarah Everard was walking home from a friend’s house and was kidnapped and murdered by a Metropolitan police officer. This sparked outrage in the UK: women took to social media to talk about their experiences of harassment when walking home, and Reclaim the Night marches took place throughout the country.

Sarah’s murder was devastating, but hers is not the only tragic story: in the UK one woman is killed by a partner or ex-partner every three days. When these women are older, living in poverty, disabled, or women of colour, their murders rarely receive the same media attention or outrage. When the media does talk about femicide, women are repeatedly blamed for their own murders, with people focussing on women’s lifestyle choices instead of blaming the men who commit violence against them. The law doesn’t take violence against women and femicide seriously either. 

Sadly, femicide is a global issue. In fact, it is the biggest killer of women aged 15-44 in the world. So, Mexican feminist art collective Las Iluministas and UK online gallery Pink-Collar Gallery are coming together to create two parallel online exhibitions, ten pieces of public art and ten documentary videos - five in Mexico, five in the UK - challenging how femicide is portrayed in the mass media and changing the narrative. 

We invite artists to re: imagine, re:name, re:create, re:think, and re:tell the real stories of the women whose lives have been taken by femicide.  

The Proposal 

We are inviting artists who identify as women and as feminists to create activist artwork around the theme of how femicide is portrayed in mass media. The work will be displayed online in parallel at Pink-Collar Gallery (www.pink-collargallery.com) and Las Iluministas Gallery (www.lasiluministas.art). 

Within this open call, we will select 5 Mexico-based artists and 5 UK-based artists to develop their online work into pieces of public art (poster bombing, murals, graffiti, performance, etc - anything goes!), which will be displayed in Mexico and the UK respectively. This means that the general public, who may not seek out digital feminist spaces, or those who do not have easy access to the internet, will be able to engage with the art too. The process of creating and displaying these ten pieces of public art will be filmed by the artists themselves, creating ten short videos to exhibit. 

Themes to think about: 

  • The imagery of murdered women in the media. 

  • The use of language about femicide in the media

  • The invisible media attention on the murder of Trans women, women of colour, older women and disabled women. 


To find more inspiration, check out our Instagram pages @pinkcollargallery (English) and @las_iluministas (Spanish).

Terms and Conditions

  • We will accept all forms of art that can be turned into public art, including (but not limited to) performance, installations, video, mapping/gifs, and illustrations that can be turned into murals or posters. If you have any questions about whether we will accept your proposed art form get in touch. 

  • By submitting your work, you give us permission to republish it on our social media accounts and promotional materials. We will always credit you as the artist.  

  • We will display selected artwork in two online galleries: Pink Collar Gallery and Las Iluministas. There is no remuneration for artworks displayed in the online galleries.

  • Pink Collar Gallery and Las Iluministas will commission 5 UK-based artists and 5 Mexico-based artists to turn their submitted artwork into public art. If you do NOT want us to consider your artwork for commission, tick the box in the application form.

  • Each commissioned artist will receive £500 for creating their artwork, plus a small fee for travel or materials.

  • The art selected for the open call exhibition will not be a paid opportunity.

  • UK-based artists will work in the UK and won’t be travelling to Mexico (and vice versa).

  • We have confirmed partnerships with Tees Valley Arts (location TBC), Durham University (location TBC) and Pineapple Black (window display in Middleborough). Three of the selected commissions will be displayed in partnership with these organisations. 

  • You must follow any established Covid-19 safety protocols in place at the time of creating your public art.

  • All public artwork needs to be video recorded. We will discuss this in more detail with the selected artists upon commissioning them.

  • Pink Collar Gallery and Las Iluministas’ decision on which artworks will be displayed in the online galleries and which will be commissioned is final. We will not display artwork that glorifies or sensationalises violence against women.

  • Pink Collar Gallery and Las Iluministas take no responsibility for any issues that might arise from displaying your work in public. It is the artist(s)’ responsibility to secure relevant permission to display the work in public.

  • Work selected for the open call exhibition will be an unpaid opportunity.

  • We will be in contact with artists we seem fit for the commissions to discuss if the artwork is a perfect fit to create into public art.

 

Contact the curator
When is the deadline?
25th June 2021
How many works can I submit?
Three
Are there payments to artists?
Each commissioned artist will receive £500 for creating their artwork, plus a small fee for travel or materials.
The open call exhibition participants will not be paid
What are the exhibition opening hours?
The exhibition will be displayed in an online gallery setting at www.pink-collargallery.com
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
We will email you to confirm if you have been chosen for the commission
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
We will accept all forms of art that can be turned into public art, including (but not limited to) performance, installations, video, mapping/gifs, and illustrations that can be turned into murals or posters.

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