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  • Off the Beaten Path/AFRICA

    Gender-based violence is one of the most serious and widespread violations of the basic rights of women, particularly on the African continent. In Africa, gender discrimination is both one of the causes as well as an aggravating factor contributing to the perpetuation and impunity of women’s access to justice.

    This is the context for the adapted and expanded West Africa version of the currently traveling contemporary art exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art,. Its mission: to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women and girls, 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. The project combines the highest integrity of art and storytelling with important social messaging.


    • Photograph by the Senegalese artist, Fatou Kandé Senghor of a woman protecting herself from a violence.


    • Exhibition installation within the French Cultural Center, Dakar, Senegal.


    • Graffiti artist writing “respect” during the hiphop concert that accompanied the exhibition.


    • Image by Fatou Kandé Senghor addressing the marriage selection process in some parts of Senegal.


    • The opening event of the exhibition at the French Cultural Center.


    • Visitors view the work of the artists Marie Beaunay and Naina Legall.


    • Maimuna Feroze-Nana’s soft sculpture depicting the bruises of an abused woman.

    Exhibition Statement

    Gender-based violence is one of the most serious and widespread violations of the basic rights of women, particularly on the African continent. In Africa, gender discrimination is both one of the causes as well as an aggravating factor contributing to the perpetuation and impunity of women’s access to justice.

     

    This is the context for the adapted and expanded West Africa version of the currently traveling contemporary art exhibition Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art,. Its mission: to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women and girls, 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. The project combines the highest integrity of art and storytelling with important social messaging.

     

    The goal of the exhibition is to help create a new conversation on the full spectrum of issues that surround this important topic within Africa. “Off the Beaten Path/AFIRCA” explores various definitions of violence against women and girls as it relates to the themes of: Violence and the Individual; Violence and the Family; Violence and the Community; Violence and Culture; Violence and Politics. These are also the organizing principles for the structure of the exhibition.

     

    For more information email Info@ArtWorksforChange.org

    Venues

    French Cultural Center, Dakar Senegal
    July 12- August 31, 2011

     

    Participating Artists

    Félicité Codjo
    Babacar Niang
    Fatou Kandé Senghor
    Sea Diallo
    Yoko Ono
    Khadidjatou Sow
    Cheikh Diouf
    Wangechi Mutu
    Amal Kenawy
    PLAN International
    Marie Beaunay
    Naina Legall
    Maimuna Feroze-Nana
    Achille Sarr

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