We would like to thank AWID Young Feminist Wire for selecting WOMANTRA as thier 1st feature on young feminist activism & domestic violence:
The AWID Young Feminist Wire will highlight how young feminists from around the world are raising awareness about and building creative projects that tackle issues of gender-based violence in the month of November .
Womantra's contribution gives details about the ‘Silent Silhouettes’ project, launched to commemorate the lives of women who have died as a result of domestic abuse.
"In 2008, the first incarnation of the ‘Silent Silhouettes’ project was launched by Stephanie Leitch and Michelle Isava to commemorate the lives of women who died as a result of domestic violence. The project included an installation of human form plywood cut-outs and a performance art piece.
In November 2014, as part of the ’16 Days of Activism’ campaign to raise awareness about violence against women, the concept of ‘Silent Silhouettes’ was reprised in a ‘Poster Project’ designed by Amanda T. Mc Intyre, featuring the artwork of Portia Subran and Aleaux. It is a core set of thirteen posters, each with a stylized female form and the details of age and the manner in which each person was killed. The posters were installed in different locations in Trinidad and were also published online.
The ‘Silent Silhouettes Poster Campaign’ deals specifically with domestic violence. In our campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence, and to promote the elimination of all forms violence against women, it is important to acknowledge not only the lives of women, but all female-identified persons who have died. We understand that the statistics are not a correct reflection of the phenomenon. Through art, we engage a space in which death is not final. Through art, we engage a space in which these persons can LIVE AGAIN AND LIVE FOREVER.
WOMANTRA continues to apply poster art in awareness campaigns, always giving great consideration to the representational politics in: the design and production of the posters, the composition of the organizing and mobilizing"
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View Pictures and videos from previous installations:
Part 1: Silent Silhouettes 18
Part 2: Silent Silhouettes 18