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Hundred Heroines, the Gloucester based museum and the only UK charity dedicated to women in photography, is playing a significant role in Gloucester's 2024 anti-violence campaign through a major new exhibition – MALEVOLENCE, which will take place in the city centre from 15 - 18 February 2024. The exhibition coincides with the Gloucester leg of the Anti-Violence Bee tour, where a striking bee monument, crafted using knives and guns collected from the streets of Manchester in a weapons amnesty, will be on display in the city to promote the reduction of violent crime within communities.

MALEVOLENCE brings together a diverse range of artistic works by highly acclaimed international artists and local emerging talent. Exploring different aspects of gender-based violence, the exhibition examines society's attitudes to the victims and perpetrators of such crimes and highlights the need for radical change. MALEVOLENCE aims to raise greater awareness of this complex issue and work towards its elimination.

Against the backdrop of a disused retail unit, the works on display have been chosen to highlight artists' response to gender-based violence. Alongside a bespoke campaign design, which references the bee monument, by documentary photographer and activist Donna Ferrato (US), objects from the Heroines Collection will be on display, including knife sculptures by Renate Bertlmann (Austria) that represent patriarchal violence. The exhibition features work from three award-winning series by photographers Etinosa Yvonne (Nigeria), Eugenia Maximova (Bulgaria) and Kourtney Roy (Canada).

Maximova's poignant series Silent River follows the route along the Danube taken by her journalist sister-in-law on the day of her murder; large cinematic images from The Other End of the Rainbow depict Roy's journey along Canada's "Highway of Tears", along which numerous women have disappeared. A chapter from Yvonne's series It's all in My Head comprises layered portraits of survivors of gender-based violence displayed with their first-person accounts, describing their experiences, thoughts and coping strategies.

Local emerging artists, Danielle Tipton (UK) and Harriet Hughes (UK), are making new works for the exhibition with Tipton's photographic series based on a childhood traumatic experience and Hughes's installation as a memorial to victims of femicide.

The exhibition's curator and the founder of Hundred Heroines, Del Barrett, commented: "This exhibition highlights the horrifying statistics and widespread problem of the different forms of gender-based – particularly misogynistic – violence. We hope the exhibition will contribute to changing society's attitudes towards these heinous crimes."

A programme of events designed to increase awareness of gender-based violence will take place around the exhibition, including a Canon supported creative storytelling workshop with Eugenia Maximova about using photography to tell difficult stories. Visitors will also have the chance to contribute to an anti-violence manifesto, as well as printing their own campaign badges and t-shirts to take away for themselves and continue to raise awareness.

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