400 WOMEN – SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL, LONDON 12TH – 28TH NOVEMBER 2010
An exciting new exhibition is opening tomorrow November 12th at Shoreditch Town Hall Basement, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT, until November 28th.
400 Women is a large-scale portrait project conceived by artist Tamsyn Challenger in response to the brutal murder and rape of more than 400 women over a decade in the US border town of Ciudad Juárez and the region of Chihuahua in Mexico.
200 exceptional artists, including Tracey Emin, Maggi Hambling, Vito Drago, Swoon and Humphrey Ocean, were invited to create new work featuring the portraits of one of the murdered or missing women.
The exhibition raises important questions about the capacity of art to represent tragedy and commemorate the dead and disappeared, as well as the potential for art to affect an audience and arise understanding of the collective nature of grief. It is curated by Ellen Mara De Wachter, a curator and writer based in London.
There seem to be no clear answer as to why these murders continue – theories range from organ fielding to the use of women as prizes for the drugs cartels – up to the most ominous thesis of sexual violence tourism: the project showcases the portraits of the victims, however 400 Women is emblematic of violence on women around the world and has been supported by Amnesty International as official partner.