Black Tears

Black Tears is a research project on the use of art as an instrument for social transformation and concerns women's human rights. It is the collective creation of a work of art, a tapestry of 2 x 14 meters, which has involved the participation of 2245 women from 46 countries.

In fact, "this is one of the social-artistic projects that has involved a greater number of women around the world," - according to Mrs. Ana Teresa Alario Trigueros, PhD of Gender Studies at the University of Valladolid and Art Professor - and one of the first examples of Community Art in Spain.

Target

The aim is both social awareness and fundraising for Proyecto Esperanza (http://www.proyectoesperanza.org) and for the Amaranta Foundation (http://www.fundacionamaranta.org), which combat human trafficking of women and girls in Spain and Siliguri (India), respectively. Human trafficking - called the slavery of the 21st century - is one of the worst expressions of gender violence.

Impact

Up to now, Black Tears’ project has had the desired media impact at a national and an international level, such as:  

- Back cover, El País: http://sociedad.elpais.com/sociedad/2014/03/14/actualidad/1394828430_890400.html
- News broadcast, TVE: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/telediario/lagrimas-negras- proyecto-artistico-contra- explotacion-sexual/2393095/
- UNESCO:http://www.unescograncanaria.com/noticia/14
 

On June 12, 2014, began the second phase of the project, with the first exhibition of the finished tapestry in Segovia, at the Public Campus Maria Zambrano of the University of Valladolid (UVA).
The purpose of this phase it is as much to raise awareness as to increase visibility, for both opportunities and the sale value of the tapestry. The exhibitions are being held in cultural centers, museums and public institutions located in major both national and international cities, among which it is worth mentioning those that took place at Tabacalera Promotion of Art, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (Madrid, Spain) and at The Other Art Fair (London, United Kingdom).

“As long as women are denied human rights, anywhere in the world, there can be no justice and no peace. ”
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize



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