A massive, global problem exists in our shared human history. Since the beginning of humanity, women’s biology has been used against them as a means of enslaving their bodies, minds, and their sense of possibility. It’s time to admit this problem exists, examine how society perpetuates it, and do everything in our power as individuals to solve it.
The problem is the weaponization of the female body through language, images, and the threat of sexual violence. The problem is also how women have been historically subjugated through sexual violence. These crimes hurt women psychologically, emotionally, and physically and leave them feeling broken and in constant fear for their safety.
Perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, we’ve created a society that disregards women’s rights and safety. Women are conditioned to stay silent; and when they do choose to speak out, they are quickly discredited. The rise of the #metoo movement is beginning to shift this dynamic, but the road to undoing centuries of ingrained misogyny is long. Society perpetuates this silencing of women by allowing men to retain power over them through the threat of sexual violence and degradation.
Can’t Lock Me Up: Women Resist Silence showcases work by artists who refuse to remain silent about the ways women, globally, have been enslaved mentally, metaphorically, and physically. Turner Carroll Gallery is proud to exhibit women artists from throughout the world who speak the truth for themselves and for their sisters who might have a hard time finding their voice. This exhibition includes Iranian artist Fatemeh Baigmoradi, whose photographs with controversial members burned out of them help us remember a tragic history. Chinese-born artist Hung Liu has dedicated her life to painting disenfranchised women as quasi-imperial, transforming their pain into beauty by telling their stories with a grace they did not experience in their lifetimes. Lien Truong is a Vietnamese artist who uses traditionally feminine media such as painted silk, 24-karat gold thread, and embroidery to tackle international issues of domination and resistance in her paintings. Judy Chicago and Jenny Holzer both had to be loud and brash with their words and images when they started expressing these sentiments even before feminist art was defined. Ambreen Butt’s works repeat the names of drone victims incessantly. Sheri Crider creates art that expresses personal transformation of incarcerated women, and Monica Lundy’s paintings tell the stories of women forced into mental institutions for being “disobedient,” “promiscuous,” or “defiant.”
Can’t Lock Me Up: Women Resist SilenceAn exhibition showcasing work by women artists throughout the world who refuse to remain silent about the ways women have been enslaved mentally, : metaphorically, and physically.
Exhibition Dates: March 29 – April 22, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29, 2019, From 5–7 pm
Talk by Dr. Dora Wang: Those Men Were Hysterical! Saturday March 30, 2019, from 4pm – 5pm
Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501