Antionette McMaster

In South Africa, violence against women is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates. My work engages with constructed masks and costumes photographed in site specific areas. It deals with the hidden persona of the victims, hiding behind the masks and costumes, yet there is a subtle hint showing the abuse that the victim experience. There will always be a glimpse of abuse no matter how hard the victim tries to disguise it. My intention is to create a space and platform that will give birth to a different narrative which will help start conversations on how to move forward from these horrible atrocities against our women and children. My aim is when viewing my art viewers will be called not just to compassion but also to social action.

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