“A force for change” highlights the talent of black women
UN Women, the United Nations agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, will host the world’s first all-black, all-female auction and sale exhibition titled “A force for change”, the proceeds of which benefit black women around the world and participating artists.
Open to the public July 27-31, 2021 at 530 W 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, the exhibition features 26 works by prominent and emerging female artists of African descent to recognize and raise awareness of the transformative power of art black women in social justice movements, and to support UN Women’s emerging global agenda for black women. Works by artists Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Tschabalala Self, Sungi Mlengeya, Wangari Mathenge, Zanele Muholi and Selly Rabe Kane are included, among others.
The exhibition will be accompanied by online discussions on the role of artists in social justice movements and black women and the art market.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, said: “Racial justice and gender inequality are not separate but integrally linked – and the work of UN Women prioritizes both. Through the Global Black Women Program and this exhibition that will raise funds for this work, we will support black women’s movements and organizations in different parts of the world to foster closer bonds and empower their voices. and their actions.
Works in the exhibition are offered for sale on Artsy, the world’s largest online art market, from July 16 to 30, 2021, with the auction ending at 2:00 p.m. EDT on July 30, 2021.
Fifty percent of proceeds will go towards launching UN Women ‘s nascent global program for black women, designed to connect women of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora through comprehensive programming around economic empowerment in industries. creative; connect women’s movements across the diaspora to strengthen their voices, action and impact; and fight against violence against women.
In a deliberate effort to raise awareness of the global gender pay gap and the value of women’s work, the remaining 50% will go directly to the artist.
In addition, to protect artists, buyers agree not to sell the work for at least five years; give artists the right of pre-emption upon resale; and give to artists
15 percent of the sale price if the works are sold.
Tonni Ann Brodber, UN Women Caribbean Cluster Office Representative, said: “Our ambition for a global race and gender agenda is firmly rooted in the arts. Our office in Barbados has worked with musicians for some time, understanding that their expression and reach are important avenues for changing norms and stereotypes. The creatives, in all their diversity, are the ones who lead the way.
Erin Jenoa Gilbert, Curator and Artistic Advisor, added: “Although the abstract and figurative works presented in this exhibition were composed by women of great linguistic and aesthetic diversity, their works are statements of survival and solidarity.
“Subversively challenging the status quo, these images symbolically link the simultaneous civil and human rights movements in Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Europe and the United States. This exhibition simultaneously offers a glimpse of the past and the future reinvented by women of African descent.
“The empowered images of women, presented by the artists in this exhibition, testify to the influence of intersectionality and the inextricable links between women in the African diaspora.
“A Force for Change” is intergenerational, international and interdisciplinary. Born between 1935 and 1997, the artists in this exhibition currently live and work in South Africa, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Brazil, Somalia, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States. Presenting nuanced counter-narratives to the mainstream media’s portrayal of women of African descent, the exhibition includes photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures and films in which the central character is the black woman.
The exhibition includes works by the following artists: Tschabalala Self (born 1990), United States; Akosua Adoma Owusu (born 1984), Ghana / United States; Andrea Chung (born 1978), Jamaica; Phoebe Boswell (born 1982), Kenya / UK; Wura Natasha Ogunji (born 1970), Nigeria / United States; Sungi Mlengeya (born 1991), Tanzania; Shinique Smith (born 1971), United States; Deborah Roberts (born 1962), United States; Rosana Paulino (born in 1967), Brazil; Janaina Barros, Brazil; Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi (born 1980), South Africa; Zohra Opoku (born 1976), Ghana; Esther Mahlangu (born 1935), South Africa; Ayan Farah (born 1978), Somalia; Nandipha Mntambo (born 1982), South Africa; Selly Raby Kane, Senegal; Zina Saro Wiwa (born 1976), Nigeria; Wangari Mathenge (born 1973), Kenya; Virginia Chihota (born 1983), Zimbabwe; Cinthia Sifa Mulanga (born in 1997), Democratic Republic of the Congo; Yelaine Rodriguez, Dominican Republic; Cassi Namoda (born 1988), Mozambique; Sheena Rose (born 1985) Barbados; Joiri Minaya (born in 1990), Dominican Republic; Joana Choumali (born in 1974), Ivory Coast; Zanele Muholi (born 1974), South Africa. (RP)