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Acts of Resistance at the V&A Late
FRI 26 APR 2024
Past event

A woman with her arms aloft standing in a crowd with her back to a crane removing a statue of Cecil Rhodes

Sethembile Msezane, Chapungu – The Day Rhodes Fell, 2015. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

South London heads to South Kensington for the V&A Friday Late: Feminist Futures!

As part of the V&A Performance Festival, this Friday Late imagines future waves of feminism and its agents of change.

Artists, performers and collectives explore alternative pathways of feminism through sensorial experiences, healing, activism practices and ancestral stories. The evening will share how feminist networks of care can be extended beyond conventional boundaries, debunking dominant narratives on gender, race and the body. It celebrates ways of strengthening support for communities marginalised by patriarchal systems and under-represented in previous waves.

Some activations as part of the event are programmed in response to a co-curated exhibition between the V&A and the South London Gallery, Acts of Resistance: Photography, Feminisms and the Art of Protest, free to visit at the SLG until 9 June.


Outside the Box: Arts of Resistance, Prints and Drawings
Study Room
18:45 and 19:30
Duration 25 minutes.
Please note, these sessions have a limited capacity. Sign up from 18:15 at the Learning Centre Reception desk Join curators of the Art, Architecture, Photography, and Design Department in celebrating feminists’ contributions to gender equality, social change, activism, and human rights. Through a display of objects from the V&A Collection, we evidence the collective power of women, trans, and gender non-conforming people and their impact on visual culture.

Falling by Sethembile Msezane
Hochhauser Auditorium,
Learning Centre
Film played on a loop.
Please be aware that this film includes depictions of gun violence. Sethembile Msezane explores spirituality, African knowledge systems and the absence of the black female body in spaces. ‘Falling’ references how Zimbabwe, South Africa and Germany share a story about soapstone birds that were taken from Great Zimbabwe. After Zimbabwe gained its independence, all the birds, except one, were returned to the country. There may be unrest until its return.

Grassroot Feminist Networks
Hochhauser Auditorium,
Learning Centre
Please note photography and filming are not allowed in this event. Hear from artists and activists Aida Silvestri and Eliza Hatch on their practices and feminist organising. Silvestri’s work challenges stigma, prejudice and social injustice as they relate to race, class, identity and health. Hatch is the founder of Cheer Up Luv: a platform dedicated to tackling sexual harassment and misogyny. Chaired by Sarah Allen, Head of Programme, South London Gallery.

Domestic by Wilma Woolf
Photography Centre, Room 98, The Kusuma Gallery
Please be aware this event contains references to domestic violence. Domestic is an installation of plates which document all the women that are known to have been killed in the UK at the hands of male violence over a period of eight years. It exists to remember the women who have lost their lives and to highlight the institutionalised and systemic acceptance of this human rights abuse often regarded as an inevitable part of men and women co-existing. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery.