Stand to End Rape Initiative in collaboration with The Initiative for Equal Rights and the Revolving Art Incubator present the HERE Exhibition which is open from April 30th till May 12th at the Revolving Art Incubator, 2nd Floor, Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The HERE Exhibition Opening Event held on 30th of April and feature conversations with guest speakers; Titilope Sonuga, Arit Okpo, Amanda Ihemebiri and Jon Ogah, and spoken word.
The exhibit was created by Jumoke Sanwo of the Revolving Art Incubator. Jumoke also served as the artist for most of the exhibited photos. Yagazie Emezi is also an artist whose works contributes to the exhibition.
The HERE Exhibition is a platform for sharing the stories of survivors. The goal of the exhibition is to empower survivors of sexual violence to break the silence and regain their freedom. The photos in this exhibition draw inspiration from real places where rape has occurred disrupting the stigmatization people who are violated in those locations face. It makes use of photography that blatantly hits on the facts and realities of what survivors have and are going through.
The exhibition images brings hidden stories of sexual violence to the spotlight. It’s a clear banner that says to all “Rape can happen anywhere & is never the fault of the victim” and says to the victims “Your experience is not the end if you. You can still live a full life”. Sexual violence draws strength from the silence. The silence emboldens perpetrators and suppresses survivors.
The exhibition also serves as a fundraiser for a rehabilitation center where women and girls will be sheltered, while we are helping them to reintegrate into the society. While at the center, they will be empowered with life skills to enable them become economically independent of their abuser in cases where this occurs at the home front.
Below is a brief bio of the artists
Yagazie is a documentary photographer from Aba, Nigeria. She holds dual degrees in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies. She is a contributor to Everyday Africa and has been commissioned by Al-Jazeera, Lagos Fashion Week, New York Times, and Refinery29. She has also been featured by Huffington Post, MTV, Format Magazine, NY Magazine’s The Cut, Afropunk, Models.com, The Guardian (Nigeria), New York Times and Vogue. In 2017, she was a participant of World Press Master Class, West Africa. Her ongoing project Relearning Bodies is based documents how trauma survivors left with significant scarring adapt to their new bodies, as well as the role their socioeconomic class and community plays in this adjustment. Yagazie is currently based in Monrovia, working on a project around education for girls in at-risk communities in Liberia.
Jumoke is an Artist out of Lagos, she uses Photography, Text and Video – Art as her means of expression. A graduate of English Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, She continues to push the envelope with her unique take on the lifestyle of Africans with projects that celebrate the rich cultural diversity within the continent. Her works address aesthetic concerns as well as concerns on identity and mobility.
In 2011 she embarked on a historic road trip from Lagos to Addis Ababa as part of the
Invisible Borders Trans African Photography Project. With this project she explored the concept of borders and barriers within the Continent, challenging the limitations of
free movement and trade. She dedicated the last 6 years engaging the discourse of promoting a united African State through a focus on mobility and Trans African exchange.
She was invited by the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation and The African Union (AU) to participate in an African Youth Forum tagged “Accelerate Youth Employment in Africa” recommendations of this forum was presented to African Heads of State during the 22nd AU summit in January 2014 in Addis Ababa