Thembi Mthembu, Senzeni Na, 2019. All images courtesy of the artists & ANON..

RISE: Artists unite against Gender-based Violence

A group exhibition of 50+ artists, photographers, poets, activists and protesters united in solidarity for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Thembi Mthembu, Senzeni Na, 2019. All images courtesy of the artists & ANON..Thembi Mthembu, Senzeni Na, 2019. All images courtesy of the artists & ANON..

ANON. will present a pop-up art exhibition, titled ‘RISE’, which includes new work by ten artists added to the roster of some 40+ featured artists, photographers and poets.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Proceeds of art sales are being donated to Nonceba.org, an organisation in Khayelitsha doing important work rehabilitating women and children survivors of sexual abuse. You can support this important cause by ordering artworks and prints online or donating directly to the organisation.

Featured artists:

Mariette Momberg (poster artwork), Carin Bester, Lindeka Qampi, Kilmany-Jo Liversage, Grace Cross, Kathryn Harmer Fox, Thembi Mthembu, Nicky Newman, Ellena Lourens, Andy Mason (N.D. Mazin), Mareli Esterhuizen, Mariëtte Kotzé, Driekie van Wyk, Pony of the Sea (Katya Wagner), Adele van Heerden, Alka Dass, Alyssa Smith (OFYT), Amy Simons, Jabu Nadia Newman, Ayanda Ndamane, Bianca Oosthuizen, Caitlin Montague & Natasha Liow (We See You), Cathy Rogers, Conform, Gabriela Charlotte, Ivan Smith, Kimon Bisogno, Lauren LaRouge, Leah Mann, Lizzy Muholi, Mary Wiggill, Masechaba Khoza, Meagan Meredith, Mercury Duma, Michael Chandler, Mia Holmberg Karlsson, Mishal Weston, Mishka Coopoosammy, Nicole Gibbons, Osamah Atif, Pia Truscott, Richard Winter, Sarah Jayne Fell, SistaazHood/Jan Hoek/Duran Lantink, Sinovuyo Matolengwe, Sophie Cope, Tabitha Guy, Temweka Chirwa, Xanthe Scout and Yashmeen Khan.

Kilmany-Jo Liversage, #SAYHER1019, 2019.Kilmany-Jo Liversage, #SAYHER1019, 2019.

 “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf

Introducing ANON.

ANON. is a new contemporary gallery concept conceived, curated and produced by Sarah Jayne Fell. A democratic space for sharing and experiencing art beyond four walls not restricted to one venue or format, ANON. is designed as a pop-up gallery that lives both tangibly in physical space over a limited period of time, as well as virtually, online (Instagram @anonpopup), accessible for an indeterminate duration as a growing and limitless body of work.

The debut show by ANON., which took place in February 2019 was a curated group exhibition that embodied the Virginia Woolf quote that inspired the name. (In fact, the full and original quote goes: “I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”) As a tribute to the great writer’s lifelong fight for gender equality, the show is not restricted to art by women, nor is it an attempt to pay lip-service to a simplistic notion of “feminism” (or, pinkwashing).

Grace Cross, Atlas is a Woman II, 2019.Grace Cross, Atlas is a Woman II, 2019.

ANON. is about giving a voice to the voiceless, a name to the unnamed. It’s about celebrating creative expression and encouraging it as a fundamental human right and need. Artistic expression is at once freeing and defining, personal and universal, therapeutic and communicative, internal and external, emotive and physical, connective and introspective, intellectual and instinctual, boundary-breaking and definitive, a push and a pull; extremely vulnerable and yet so liberating. It’s the complexity and tension in these dynamics that make it so simple and clear: it is imperative for each of us to express ourselves and to be given the space to do so.

‘RISE’ will take place at 44 on Long in Cape Town for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The exhibition will run daily from the 25th of November until the 10th of December, with an open night on Thursday the 5th of December.