327 Unreported is a monochromatic show of works on paper and sculpture depicting the stories of rape victims, female and male in Kenya. Inspired by the story of Liz*, the sixteen-year old Kenyan girl who was gang-raped and left in a pit-latrine. Her attackers were identified but their only punishment was to mow the police station lawn, after which they were set free.
Robinson and O’Callaghan aim to raise awareness of this much ignored but huge problem in Kenya with the exhibition, the dates of which fall within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign that puts the spotlight on gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local national, regional and international level.
The installation centres around a series of black and white figures on paper using a spray-painting technique which produces an eerie effect. These works are for sale at a very reasonable lead-in price as both Robinson and O’Callaghan are passionate about art being accessible.
About the artists
Jemima Robinson was born and raised in London. She volunteered with the National Youth Theatre where she would paint and build their stage sets. Jemima went to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she gained a Masters in Stage design. Since graduating, Jemima has designed for theatre, dance and opera. She was a winner of the biennial Linbury Prize in 2011, ‘the UK’s most prestigious award for Stage Design’. Her design work has been exhibited at the National Theatre and Royal Festival Hall in London. Some of her commercial work will be on display as part of a group exhibition at Que Pasa, Nairobi from 11th December 2013.
Claire O’Callaghan was born in the UK. She studied and completed a degree in Textiles and Surface Decoration from Buckinghamshire New University, exploring knit using wire and resin. She has exhibited at Slaughterhouse Gallery, Design Museum and New Designers in London. Her passion for textiles and visual art has seen Claire produce costumes and sets for the Perrier award winning comedy the ‘Mighty Boosh’ as well as overseeing UK interiors store Habitat’s visual identity, including window and in-store installations.