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  • Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

    Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.This is the context for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world.Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.

    • In the ”Grandmother Series” by Miwa Yanagi, she asks, ”how does a modern girl forecast her life fifty years from now?”


    • Icelandic Love Corporation sculpture of  ”Woman” along with three photos of roses sewn closed by Agency Voluntaire were on exhibition at University of California San Diego.


    • In the 1965 version of  the performance “Cut Piece,” Yoko Ono sits onstage in a black dress with her body becoming increasingly exposed as people cut  away pieces of the dress.


    • Installation of dresses, “The Flight” made from bird feathers by the Peruvian artist, Cecilia Paredes, and the painting by the Chinese artist Hung Liu, “From the Field.”


    • The cartoonish images by Laylah Ali conflate the wider societal issues of violence with the more pointed maternal issues of responsibility and obligation.


    • Installation of brooms, “Luz y Solidaridad” addressing the missing women of Juarez, Mexico by Susan Plum, and the photographs from the International Rescue Committee project, “A Global Crescendo.”


    • In her work, Yoko Inoue addresses that in some communities, where direct intervention is culturally impossible, women respond to severe domestic violence by assembling outside of the household in question and bang out an alarm on pots and pans. This informs the man that the spirit he attempts to break belongs to many, not one.


    • The performance of “Luz y Solidaridad” by Susan Plum and women of Mexico City during the opening at Museo Universitario del Chopo.


    • The video installation, “You Will be Killed” by Egyptian artist, Amal Kenawy, is trying to understand the violence of war.


    • The Kazakhstan artist, Amagul Menlibayeva in “Kissing Totems” suggests that someday her subversive women will be the bearers of new values and traditions within their community and culture.


    • In Gabriela Morawetz artwork, the bed, a place of dreams, is for some, a place where the body is violated and trust is destroyed.

    I attended Off the Beaten Path three times and was very moved by the collection and the accompanying texts. I have worked and studied in the area of women and intimate partner violence for 20 years. … If anyone would have told me that attending this exhibition would have added to my understanding of women and violence so deeply, I would have been skeptical. Thank you so much for this exhibition! 

    —Visitor, Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada, March 2013

     

    Exhibition Statement

    Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.

     

    This is the context for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.

     

    Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world.

     

    Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.

    Venues

    Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway | 2009
    University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA 2009
    Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico 2010
    Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico 2010
    Chicago Cultural Center, USA 2011
    David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA 2011
    New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect 2, New Orleans, USA 2011
    Redline, Denver, Colorado, USA May 25 – July 29, 2012
    The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada January 28 – March 9, 2013
    Fundacion Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain | May 8 – July 28, 2013
    Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg , South Africa|Sept 7-November 17, 2013
    The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada| February – April, 2014
    Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico, USA|May-August, 2014*
    New York City, NY, USA| September- December, 2014

     

    Participating Artists

    Exhibition curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg.

    Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, , Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi

     

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