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 (MUTEFGM). This has seen us working with artists Dobet Gnahoré, Modou N’diaye Cissokho, Vanessa Kisuule, Poetic Pilgrimage, Hanisha Solomon, Sharna Cane, Nka1 (Lopango ya Banka) and Corey Harris.
We recently launched Tanzanian bongo flava artist R P Mbaula – Ntiai Eembe Koko (Drop the razor blade old lady).
You can find out more on the Artists Unite to End FGM website.
Musicians Unite to End FGM (MUTEFGM) 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.
Keep up with the latest on the Artists Unite to End FGM project at the website: www.artistsagainstfgm.com