Acts of Resistance

8 March 2024 to 9 June 2024 South London Gallery

Sethembile Msezane, Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest

In spring 2024, an exhibition looking at contemporary responses to photography’s long standing association with feminist resistance will go on show at the South London Gallery (SLG). This collaborative exhibition between the SLG and the Victoria and Albert Museum, (V&A) as part of the V&A Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project, will open on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2024.

Acts of Resistance will bring together works by over 16 international artists and collectives who are using the camera to challenge and move beyond traditional modes of protest photography. This exhibition addresses different approaches to feminist practice which have emerged over the past decade, a period which is discussed as having generated a ‘fourth wave’ of feminism. The show explores the extent to which this relates to feminisms across different regions and begins to map common concerns including expanding intersectionality, transnational solidarity, and the use of social media and digital technology as a tool for activism.

The exhibition will reflect on key events from across the globe, such as anti-rape protests in Bangladesh responding to the rise in violence against women and girls in 2020; the US Supreme Court overturning of Roe vs Wade in 2022; as well as the ongoing protests against the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Artists include: Laia Abril, Hoda Afshar, Poulomi Basu, Nan Goldin, Guerrilla Girls, Sofia Karim, Mari Katayama, Sethembile Msezane, Zanele Muholi, Wendy Red Star, Tabita Rezaire, Raphaela Rosella, Aida Silvestri, Sheida Soleimani, Hannah Starkey, Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel, and Carmen Winant.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme curated by writer and activist Lola Olufemi. Details will be announced in early 2024.

Free exhibition Main Gallery & Fire Station Galleries

Further Information:  What's on - South London Gallery