Artists Unite to End FGM is a network of socially conscious artists committed to ending female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and all violence against African women and girls. This started with an exhibition (Traditions Run Deeper Than Law) done in collaboration with artist Aga Tamiola in 2014 which was part of an wider FORWARD exhibition – Something About Bodies which was part of our 30th Anniversary events. 11 international artists created pieces deepening the understanding of cultural and traditional background of the practice of FGM and the complexities that societies encounter while trying to eradicate it.
Since then we have expanded upon our years of working with the arts to create a wider network including Musicians Unite to End FGM. This saw us working with artists Dobet Gnahoré, Modou N’diaye Cissokho, Vanessa Kisuule and Poetic Pilgrimage in 2016.
Artwork from our Hidden Scars exhibition is currently available for sale on the Artists United to End FGM website.
Musicians Unite to End FGM engages with well-known artists to raise awareness of FGM among a much wider audience and to audiences of artists whose countries of origin are affected by the issue.
The artists we work with believe they have a social responsibility to question, comment and take action. Their art practices range from painting, sculpture, photography, textile, new media, music, dance, literature and film.
Naomi Reid, FORWARD’s Projects and Events Manager says: “Artists have the power to inspire people and influence decision makers (traditional/religious leaders) and parents in FGM affected communities. We believe in the power of art forms to spread positive messages and make positive changes in society. Artists Unite to End FGM is an ongoing project within FORWARD where we work with artists from both FGM affected and non-affected communities to reach audiences we would not normally reach about FGM and other issues affecting African women and girls. Through the enjoyable and powerful medium of art we hope to change more hearts and minds to end this practice and to inspire others to join in the campaign to end FGM.”
Keep up with the latest on the Artists Unite to End FGM project at the website: www.artistsagainstfgm.com