Every year, South Africans celebrate women of all types and races during the month of August. The country commemorates the 1956 women’s march which took place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act. Following the upsurge of Gender-Based Violence against children, cis, non-binary and trans women, Art@Africa & Julie Miller African Contemporary present a womxn-focused exhibition that highlights the modern-day womxn, as well as their contributions to society.
Whilst being feminine has always been perceived as weak and thus resulted in womxn being placed in stereotypical boxes, this exhibition aims to challenge the status quo, fight the violence that is being inflicted on cis, non-binary and trans women, whilst making a political point that all womxn do indeed matter and should not be disregarded in any form.
In an effort to make the exhibition inclusive to the aforementioned individuals, Art@Africa & Julie Miller African Contemporary call on all womxn creatives to submit works that respond to the exhibition theme.
We would like to create a space and platform that will give birth to a different narrative that will help society move forward.
The exhibition will take place from 27 August to 24 September 2020 and will feature the top 40 artworks, with 20 artworks on show at the Art@Africa gallery in Cape Town & 20 artworks on show at the Julie Miller African Contemporary gallery in Johannesburg.
The top 100 artworks will also be featured online.
At the end of the exhibition, a “People’s Choice” winner will be chosen and the winner will receive a solo exhibition that will travel from Cape Town to Johannesburg.
We believe that artists are the agents of change, and through this exhibition, we hope to present work that will affect and truly reflect the power of womxn.