The initiative of women's art will make Te Manawa's debut in an art show that speaks strong words, Carly Thomas reports.
Women who have experienced violence are not always the words that should be. Women's Art Initiative Women want you to know it.
Their collaboration has been bred in the small early years seven years ago as an art-producing farm where women can talk about their truths.
Do not call them victims because they say they are not.
They are a powerful group that has become known for its impressive exhibitions and this year is a challenging myth of the violence.
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Founder Karen Seccombe says that the exhibition has not caused any sympathy or compassion. "We have a lot, and it is often not useful."
He says when violence stops, shame, accusation and misunderstanding are not always there. And women in the group want society to think about their answers, end the use of the word "victim" and begin to see women who they are.
"We need people to leave the show to understand the effects and truths around some myths and feel capable of facing and questioning behavior, negative social responses and ways of thinking that endure and justify the power and control of women and children."
Their work says a lot.
The group meets once a week in their own space and the way in which women interact with the collective is their duty. There are artworks, light through the windows, a jug that is cooked frequently and quiet opportunity and openness.
One woman is working on handwriting in portrait photography. It is a karak who asks to release all negatives, "and the prison you've come up with."
"People can interpret it how they want, but I've done this myself."
The works inhabit Te Manawa for the first time, mocking strange places in people's lives. And work is not always easy. But these women, their story, do not want to apologize. Seccombe says they have not modified their experiences because they make others uncomfortable.
"To do so to say and minimize events, and would ignore everything we have done to resist, survive, preserve normal, whatever, protect and cherish, act, recover and fight other women like us."
These women are a confident voice on this subject and "it has paid us greatly". They simply plan to create the way they want. They're not going to create beauty.
The great part that another woman works is, however, beautiful. A big dark circle, a central figure in even darker shades and its creator, above all, who says he will soon add color.
"Challenging the myth that domestic violence leaves women broken and damaged, and I wanted to show how this darkness can lead to ultimate growth and opportunities and we can re-create it from the dark."
Give Mana back, she says, "to women and children and to see women as such a tantalizing tango, from that life to bring the world to the part of the earth, all these fundamental things."
He says when society can do it when people can begin to respect and appreciate women, family violence is diminishing. It is this woman who fights and is collectively, this is what your show is about. It's back.
"Do not think," Why does not he just leave? "Do not think," It can not be so bad. "Honor him and listen."
And women in this group are asking one more question. They say go look at the show and challenge, and when you leave they want you to take this challenge with you.
"To us, to other women, like us, to those who know and love you, your daughters, your selves, yourselves, every woman or child, we all deserve dignity, respect and security.
Ko Wai Ahau? The Women's Art Initiative's sixth year-end was opened on November 9 at Palmerston North's Te Manawa Art, Science and Technology Museum.