Too often, survivors of sexual harm are blamed or left unsupported.
Hacker Lab and Artists of Sacramento, with thanks to patron sponsor Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, is hosting an art show to give space to and bring together allies and survivors to support local nonprofits, survivors and artists.
Laura Marie Anthony, who leads Artists of Sacramento and Second Saturdays for Hacker Lab, invited Sacramento’s art and wider community “to join us in safe space, resources, and the powerful catharsis of creativity by and for sexual harm survivors.”
The show, "Catharsis", runs on Second Saturday on August 10 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Hacker Lab at 26th and R Streets. Funds benefit two organizations: Sacramento Take Back the Night, which aims to resist and end sexual, gender-based and all forms of violence; and V-Day Sacramento, an all-volunteer organization raising funds to end violence against women and girls.
Sarah Marie Hawkins will bring her show “Faceless”, first shown at ArtStreet in February, 2017 — a community art exhibit in the heart of midtown.
Hawkins told Placeholder Mag in a Q&A regarding the exhibit:
“Faceless is a photography project that portrays the experiences of 20 women. These women are all survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and rape. I have been wanting to do this project for a long time, but the subject matter is so sensitive that it was hard to find the right platform. ArtStreet came to my attention early fall last year. Not every survivor was assaulted on the street, but the rawness of their experience fit the theme. The opportunity was there.
In addition, Sacramento soulful, boisterous band Drop Dead Red (Winner of SN&R’s Best Live Performer, 2017) will debut a music video and protest film shot at Dwellpoint in collaboration with THE Red Hand Movement, a community of supporters for survivors looking to take action.
Since organizing the show, love seems to be going around. Organizers and participants of the show previewed the show on Insight with Beth Ruyak" last week. The Sac Food Coop came out in support. And Sara Newman offered makeover or makeup and skin care help to survivors on the Facebook page.
Hacker Lab is proud to support these organizations and survivors, and a better world where everyone can live in safety regardless of how they are born. Come join us!
Donations will be accepted; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Due to heavy and triggering content matter, supervision suggested for guests under 18.