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Art strives to stop gender violence

Shibani Bedi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 01, 2013
First Published: 20:02 IST(1/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(2/2/2013)

We thrive in a world  which is unfair to its women and gender based injustice doesn’t seem to relent. So what better way to protest peacefully if not through art. It’s for this reason that human rights organisation, Engendered, is staging an art intervention called Resist.

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“We bring together art practitioners, theorists, legalists and academicians to raise information and awareness against human rights and injustices through their work,” says Myna Mukerji, Director, Engendered Art Protest.

“Art and artists have a history of dealing with contemporary issues. Resist is their chance to exhibit their views against gender violence and inequality,” she adds.

Resist will feature a line-up of some distinguished artists and fashion designers such as Mithu Sen, Gigi Scaria, Anjolie Ela Menon, Ritu Kamath, Arpana Caur, Ram Rahman, Satyakama Saha, Alisha Batth, Manish Arora, Tarun Tahliani, Anju Modi, Gauri & Nayanika and Satya Paul, among others.

Talking about what motivated her to be a part of this exhibit, artist Arpana Caur says, “I painted against gangrape for the first time 33 years ago when I’d heard about the Maya Tyagi rape case. She was raped by some cops in broad daylight while travelling with her husband and brother-in-law, who were shot dead. Even after all those years, nothing seems to have changed.”

“My painting is called Stepping Out and it is dedicated to all the injustices that are pelted out against women,” she adds.

As to her reason for taking part in this exhibition, artist Anjolie Ela Menon says, “My work is a powerful image of what is happening currently. Forget women, even children as young as nine months are being raped by their fathers. Who can a woman or a young girl trust? This is kalyug.”

Here’s hoping that Resist can relay its message loud and clear.

Fact File
What:
Resist: An Engendered Art protest
When: February 2
Time: 7pm onwards
Where: Gallery Engendered SPACE, second floor, 125 A, Shahpurja
Nearest Metro Station: Green Park on the Yellow Line


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