Art for Women's Lives

curated by Milhas Pela Vida das Mulheres

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  • On view at
    Paço Imperial - Praça Quinze de Novembro, 48 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
    December 7 - January 31, 2023
    Opening: Wed, Dec 7, 16:00

    starting December 7, 2022

Maria Antonia, Lenora de Barros, Enrica Bernardelli, Debora Bolsoni, Agrade Camiz, Anna Costa e Silva & Nanda Felix, Fabiana Falleiros, Livia Flores, Fernanda Gomes, Kalor, Laura Lima, Maira Marques, Kitty Paranaguá, Rosangela Rennó, Maria Sabato, Juliana dos santos, Val de Souza, Moara Tupinambá, Caroline Valansi, Aleta Valente, Luciana Whitaker
Art for Women's Lives is an exhibition that features works by 24 women artists, who have been working together since November 2020 to raise funds and give visibility to the fight for the decriminalization of abortion in Brazil. The show examines situations and experiences that imprison women at all levels: bodily, psychologically and spiritually. The curation responds to the patriarchal oppression that has been colonizing women's bodies for centuries. This work begins through the non-profit organization "Milhas Pela Vida das Mulheres" (Miles for Women's Life). Founded in 2020 by filmmaker Juliana Reis, Milhas is an initiative to help women who want to terminate their pregnancies safely and legally, united under the motto: "Those who can, helping those who need it."

In November 2020, the "Arte, Substantivo Feminino" (Art, Feminine Noun) project began with the intention to raise funds for Milhas. Recognizing and modifying social patterns and systems of oppression is an ongoing task. It is with this understanding that Art, Feminine Noun strengthens the awareness and importance of legal, safe and free abortion through art. We consider this an ongoing, aggregating, expansive, and permanent project, active until every person has the non-negotiable human right to determine if, when, and how they create a family.
Milhas Pela Vida das Mulheres is an association that guarantees the access of Brazilian women to legal abortion within Brazil in the cases provided for by law and in neighboring countries in the cases not permitted. Art for Women's Lives is an art project idealized by Gabriela Davies, Juliana Reis, Maíra Marques and Paula Borghi.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.