I'm an artist, educator and activist particularly interested in learning from tactics, props and gestures used as protests. I use this blog as a platform to archive and communicate examples of what I call 'gestures of defiance'-exciting, urgent and relevant actions that link protest histories and present radical potentials. On this blog I'm simply compiling and reposting examples I find as they happen. Months may go by with out a post but the blog as an archive is still active.
Location: Common Grounds, 376 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
What role does documentation play in the practice of protest- protest to forced silence, political oppression, and the inability to act? How does documentation work against the erasure of past violence from our collective memory? How does this form of documentation create new visions and new histories for the future? What unique strategies have women devised to reveal and address violence directed at disempowered social groups?
The guiding premise of “Women as Witness” is that the photograph has the power to insert memories that are all too often overlooked, into the context of resistance. “Women as Witness” re-energizes forgotten moments of past and present violence to create the conditions and motivations needed to bring about social change. By bringing together women artists, this exhibit unveils how women document resilience, resistance, and creative survival in an effort to propel all of us toward progress.
We seek photographs and photography based two-dimensional mixed-media art taken by women of all ages, whose form and/or content addresses how they are using their craft to document moments of resistance. You are encouraged to submit images that challenge stereotypes, are daring and out of the ordinary; use your imagination and decide for yourself what you think “Women as Witness” means to you and should look like, because that in the end, this is what feminism is asking you to do.