21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation presents
"WOMEN ARE HUMAN" GENDER EQUALITY ART PROJECT
les femmes sont humaines (WOMEN ARE HUMAN)
by Patsy Ferrell
The purpose of this project is to lift up women in the reality of their humanity. To give women acknowledgement and nobility by making visible their valiant struggle to be realized as human beings with human rights, able to exist and live in their own right.
In the words of women's rights activist Simone de Beauvoir, "Women must see themselves with new eyes."
As artist David Hockney says, "If we are to change our worldview, images have to change ... the artist now has a very important job to do ... [she] is really needed."
Patsy Ferrell is an artist who defines herself as a "cultural healer." Her goal is to draw individuals toward difficult truths that society is too blinded by cultural norms to see.
The first piece in this project, "Les Femmes Sont Humaines," is a 46" by 60" acrylic painting bringing together six women in history who have worked to bring about the emancipation of themselves and other dis-empowered individuals as they struggle to overcome the institutionalized normalization of violence against women in their cultural systems.
This piece will be accompanied by a collection of Peace Literacy Cards with the stories of each individual woman.
The piece will be shown, cards will be distributed and the artist will engage in a monologue showcasing and bringing to life the stories and truths of women's struggles toward emancipation.