Soma Art + Space in collaboration with sculptor, Jenny Nijenhuis, and lecturer/journalist, Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga, will be undertaking an installation to create awareness around the issue of rape in South Africa.

The installation called SA’s Dirty Laundry will form part of the 16 Days of Activism against abuse campaign in SA and will run for 10 of the 16 Days. 

Nijenhuis is putting together an installation of washing lines with 3600* pairs of panties which will stretch through the streets of the Maboneng Precinct and end at SoMa.
* The Medical Research Council estimates this to be the number of rapes that happen daily in SA.

Msimanga will be working on a performance art piece titled On the Line. The performance will display a female at the different developmental stages and rites of passage of becoming a woman, in a cyclical narrative of rituals.

In addition, we wish to curate/choreograph an activation/disruption of the space in and around the gallery for the duration of the 16 Days of Activism whilst the installation is up. The space will thus be used as a point of reflection through works dealing in this subject matter.

This open call invites contributions towards the project from the broadest spectrum of disciplines including (but not limited to) the visual arts, performances (maximum length 15 minutes), interventions, music, dance, talks, poetry, video (maximum length 15 minutes) and theatre. The point being for artists to show how art, when used for the purpose of socio-political activism, has the power and ability to shift the status quo.

Activism aims to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change - to make societal improvements and to correct social injustice.

Through this call, we’re inviting artists to truly observe, reflect and comment on what the rape crisis in SA looks like. We hope to bring this message to people on the street, and not just to the audiences that frequent galleries.

We hope to use the influence of the project to effect change. We want people to “see” from a different perspective and to be aware that we can make a difference one person at a time. All that needs to change is the way we decide to look at something. This relates to how we identify ourselves and others in relation to ourselves.
SoMa Art + Space will become an interactive place where collaborators will display/perform work. This work will not be for sale, but will come with a suggested donation price with a portion of the funds going to a chosen organisation to assist rape survivors and rape prevention groups.


We invite artists to submit works for consideration. Please download the application form

Send proposals to:


  • Call for applications: Friday 21st September 2016
  • Application Deadline: Friday 4th November 2016
  • Feedback to applicants: Friday 11th November 2016
  • Installation/Performance dates: Friday 25th November to Sunday 4th December 2016

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