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She had a name - 365 Days of Activism

She had a name - 365 Days of Activism

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My name is Carin Bester, I’m an Activist and Artist, the focus of my practice centres on the issue of GBV and Femicide and oppression of womxn. Through my work I create awareness about these topics.

Today the 21th of December 2021, is day 265 of my 365-day Durational Performance Art Piece “She had a name 365”. This performance not only clearly calls to the need for more than 16 days of activism but the 3 hourly videos highlight the ongoing and repetitive reality of femicide in South Africa.

 She had a name 365; sees me record a live video saying “She had a name” with the next consecutive number every 190 minutes before posting it to social media. Every video statistically coincides with a womxn being murdered in South Africa. A weekly video of the combined individual videos is created and posted with details of organisations, shelters, and campaigns fighting against GBV.

The sentence She had a name, carries the weight of acknowledging every murdered woman as a person, forcing us to look past the numbers we see on the statistical crime sheets and realise that each number was a person, and She had a name. In total 2 763 performance videos will be created. The same amount of womxn is murdered in South Africa annually, according to statistics from the past 5 years.

This performance is not just about the mourning of these womxn’s lives, but it is a call to action; a motivation for more people to get involved and act, supporting existing organisations that work in the field of ending GBV. It’s about standing up for the thousands of womxn who lost their lives at the hands of men. Changing the narrative of our patriarchal society, which fuels rape culture and the oppression of womxn.

My aim is to create a multi-layered installation art piece that will be exhibited at the end of the 365-day performance and continue to various other spaces for exhibiting. This piece will continue with spreading the message and creating awareness while encouraging people to get involved and help end GBV. The funds I raise in this campaign will assist me to continue the work I do and to create the final art piece of She had a name 365, it will also enable me to take the work to various gallery spaces and festivals around South Africa.

Unfortunately, state funding did not come through, so I am now relying on you the public, and the corporate sector to please support “She had a name 365”

"As a performance artist, she is the definition of plus ultra of the material witness. Her staggering incantation is a tolling.” Ashraf Jamal - STRANGE CARGO Essays on Art / Releasing Jan 2022

Please Follow She had a name 365 

@shehadaname365 on Instagram and FB

@BesterCarin on Twitter

Read more about She had a name 365

https://creativefeel.co.za/2021/11/she-had-a-name-365-carin-besters-durational-performance-art-urges-us-to-remember/

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/cape-artist-undertakes-gruelling-year-long-video-performance-against-gbv-566b9c4f-05ee-420c-afa7-315c9072c3e4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AjEfdZ-JU

Please consider making a recurring donation to Carin’s campaign in support of her performance day art piece to raise awareness 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in South Africa.

 

Donations

  • Apr 01, 2022 - R 10 000.00
  • "

    Incredible brave project --GOOD LUCK

    " - Anonymous

  • Mar 24, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Utterly devastating. Your project is incredible." - Karine Gowdy

  • Feb 22, 2022 - USD $ 32.97
  • "This should go global. " - Tamara

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "The world needs to see this!" - Robyn Denny

  • Jan 21, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Wish you strength to get to the end" - Di du Toit

  • Jan 18, 2022 - USD $ 12.98
  • "I stand by you" - Karina

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Sterkte met die laaste stretch. Well done met jou commitment. " - Maritza Doman

  • Jan 17, 2022 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Bless you for standing up" - Bill

  • Jan 17, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte met jou werk. " - Gretel Prins

  • Jan 10, 2022 - R 2 500.00
  • "Amazing project. Kudos for your dedication and commitment. " - Viv and Jon

  • Jan 08, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Carin, your commitment to this project is admirable." - Suzanne Currie

  • Jan 04, 2022 - R 1 000.00
  • "Incredible work! " - Ards

  • Dec 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "All the best with this important project. " - Peggy Mongoato

  • Dec 27, 2021 - USD $ 32.17
  • "Such an important project! Good luck with it " - Anne

  • Dec 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the best with this important work! " - Gavin

  • Dec 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Hoop jy haal jou doelwit. Sterkte vriendin. Wat jy doen is amazing." - Nicola H

  • Dec 24, 2021 - R 15 000.00
  • "From Kathy Robins" - Kathy Robins

  • Dec 23, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "I admire you so much for your dedication to give voice to those whose voices have gone silent. I know you will reach your target and wish you all the best for taking this campaign to the next level." - Charmaine

  • Dec 22, 2021 - USD $ 113.24
  • "Good luck with the fundraising!" - W & C

  • Dec 22, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "She had a name" - Wer

  • Dec 22, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Such important work. Sending love & solidarity" - Kim Gabriel-Dixon

  • Dec 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Paul

  • Dec 21, 2021 - USD $ 31.68
  • "Thank you" - Khandiz

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "thank you for speaking for those that cannot" - joni foster

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You are doing important work, keep going " - J

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for the work you do" - Sarah

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good work, Carin." - TandiR

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 800.00
  • "The work you are doing is important, keep doing it!" - Kobus la Grange

  • Dec 21, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Support

    " - Gerda

  • Dec 20, 2021 - R 700.00
  • "I wish you all the best" - Cecille Van Gent

  • Dec 20, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "This is in honor of every life lost. Thank you for the work you do. " - A Supporter

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 52 106.25

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 6 200.00
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My name is Carin Bester, I’m an Activist and Artist, I aim to create awareness around GBV and Femicide, Observatory, Western Cape.

Today the 15th of December 2021, is day 260 of my 365-day Durational Performance Art Piece “She had a name 365”. This performance not only clearly calls to the need for more than 16 days of activism but 3 hourly videos highlight the ongoing and repetitive reality of femicide in South Africa.

The funds I raise in this campaign will assist me to continue the work I do and to create the final art piece of She had a name 365, it will also enable me to take the work to various gallery spaces and festivals around South Africa.