The Things We Do For Love + SA’s Dirty Laundry
SoMa Art + Space | Maboneng, Johannesburg | 25 November 2016
‘The Things We Do For Love’ was a co-curated group show that ran alongside SA’s Dirty Laundry at SoMa Art + Space.
“SA’s Dirty Laundry launched on 25 November 2016 to coincide with 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children. As a creative project it attempted to bring awareness to the issue of rape in South Africa through the use of artivism . It further aimed to provoke a public and open dialogue about rape in our country, a difficult-to-ignore discussion attempting to connect to the greater narrative of South Africa through artistic intervention”
Jenny Nijenhuis + Nondumiso Lwazi Msimanga (sasdirtylaundry.co.za)
“This approach is informed by the understanding that in sharing artistic or creative talent without ownership or commodity it may be possible to create a connection between people who give with no expectation of return. Thus the project started with 3 people combining their creative talents to become 6 people and then 3600 (and counting), all attempting to shift a country’s way of thinking about love and power.
Through the project we hoped to reveal to every single individual we came across that each of us has the power and ability to effect a change simply by being involved, standing up, taking action and not being silent. We also wanted to show that it is possible to have a voice and to be heard – even when using an item like underwear to speak for you, for us. That art can create change.”