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1 in 3: What Does It Take for You To Be Outraged?
January 20, 2016 - May 8, 2016
GLOBAL ART EXHIBITION RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University Presents
1 in 3: What Does it Take for You To Be Outraged?
from the World Bank
The David Owsley Museum of Art presents the contemporary art exhibition 1 in 3: What Does It Take for You To Be Outraged? from the World Bank Art Program, on view at Ball State University from January 21 through May 8, 2016.
The exhibition’s title derives from a chilling statistic. More than one in three women around the world are beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused during their lifetimes. The exhibition will display about 80 photographs, paintings, sculpture, and videos created by 20 emerging, international contemporary artists that directly confront the issue of gender-based violence (GBV). This is art that makes a difference by raising awareness about a global social problem with local effects.
“The 1 in 3 exhibition is a rare partnership between a university and an international bank that is part of a greater campaign to face social issues through art,” said Director Robert La France. “The exhibition features a variety of emotionally charged and intellectually challenging works by contemporary artists from around the globe collected by the World Bank Art Program in support of the World Bank’s efforts to eradicate poverty.”
Marina Galvani, an economist and curator of the World Bank Art Program, will come to Ball State University on Tuesday, February 16 to discuss the concept behind the exhibition. She will explain how artists and the World Bank are addressing key societal issues with an economic impact, including GBV, and in promoting behavior change. The exhibition presents an opportunity for women and men, as well as students, faculty, community organizations, and the general public to consider how they can work together to ensure that every citizen—male or female—may live free from violence or the fear of violence.
The epidemic of gender-based violence disproportionately affects women and girls. Consequently, many of the artists represented in the special version of the exhibition selected for the David Owsley Museum of Art are women. Their distinctive voices and visions address a wide variety of issues and themes that cross international boundaries and perceived barriers of socio-economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, or education level. Photographs by British photographers Karen Robinson and Pete Pattison accompany a mosaic of images by American artist Kay Cernush that expose human trafficking and forced prostitution. Prints, street art, and paintings by artists Marko Mäetamm (Estonia), Alexandra Kachko (Russia), and Francisca Valenzuela (Chile) manifest aspects of domestic abuse and its affect on children. A diverse group of works by Afghan photographer Hanifa Alizada, Congolese sculptor Freddy Tsimba, and Yemeni and Morrocan photographers Boushra Almutawakel and Lalla Essaydi explore how actual violence and the threat of violence against women affects concepts of identity. Videos from Africa, Asia, and the United States confront GBV and gender inequality. These works, and banners from a World Bank advertising campaign against GBV in Brazil, also incorporate the art of filmmakers, designers, and a consortium of women’s groups.