Opportunities - Exhibitions

Call for Entry – Letters to the Survivors

Deadline February 12, 2016 at 5pm:
Type of work:
Two dimensional 18”x24” or smaller
Performances 5 minutes in length or fewer send $5.00 suggested donation at https://letterstothesurvivors.eventbrite.com
Please send name of piece, length of performance piece, a video or typed piece, description or jpg of work , and form if possible by February 12, 2016 by 5pm at zahrebelle@gmail.com

Visual Artwork should be dropped off on the day of the event, March 19 at the Overbrook Art Center 6134 Lancaster Avenue Philadelphia PA 19151 between 3:00 and 3:45 pm and taken at the end of the show by 8:30 pm

Black women are almost three times as likely to experience death as a result of DV/IPV than White women. And while Black women only make up 8% of the population, 22% of homicides that result from DV/IPV happen to Black Women and 29% of all victimized women, making it one of the leading cause of death of Black women ages 15 to 35. Statistically, we experience sexual assault and DV/IPV at disproportionate rates and have the highest rates of intra-racial violence against us than any other group. We are also less likely to report or seek help when we are victimized.

[The reasons Black women suffer disproportionately from abuse are complex.]

– Feminista Jones, Why Black Women Struggle More With Domestic Violence

This exhibition seeks to address domestic and sexual violence against women of the African Diaspora. Artists may address violence against black women and how they are effected:

• African American women are strong (pride) – deny violence, vulnerability
• African Americans are responsible for themselves and others around them; as African Americans we take care of ourselves – self-blame, self-sacrificing, embarrassed, ashamed if unable to control or endure situation
• African American women are responsible for keeping family together – avoid leaving (Have to consider effect of leaving on the children. How can you stop him from seeing his children?)
• African Americans “don’t tell their business” – deny, or avoid disclosure
• Religious views (God will take care of it; pray; The Lord will change him)
– Vetta Sanders Thompson, Ph.D. & Anita Bazile, Ph.D., African American Attitudes toward Domestic Violence and DV Assistance
Please attach jpeg, description of work or video and send to: zahrebelle@gmail.com

Opportunity posted on: December 29, 2015