Artist Changemaker Program
Toni Cade BambaraThe role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.
The Artist Changemaker Program at Global Fund for Women supports artists who are making the gender justice revolution irresistible by using their art as a tool for new visions of the world, where equity and equality for all is a reality.
The program is part of Global Fund for Women’s commitment to support movements, and offers eight artists annually a one-time, unrestricted financial award to each artist with a focus on artists based in the majority world, women artists, LGBTQI+ people, people of color, and artists from a marginalized community.
Global Fund for Women has supported grassroots gender justice organizations who are working at the intersection of art and activism for nearly 30 years. Since 1994, we have supported more than 200 organizations in 80 countries worldwide who use art as a strategy for social change. In 2014, Global Fund for Women merged with the International Museum of Women, launching award-winning creative online advocacy campaigns including Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, DefendHer, featuring women human rights defenders around the globe, and most recently Fundamental: Gender Justice. No Exceptions, an Emmy-nominated series of docu-shorts featuring gender justice movement leaders in five countries.
MEET THE 2023 ARTIST CHANGEMAKERS
Natalia “Bubulina” Moreno Rodriguez (she/her) is a woman with a physical disability, a social communicator, a human rights advocate and educator, a Latin American consultant, and an expert on the intersectionality between disability, gender, and sexual diversity. She loves body language, dance, and theatre, and has knowledge of Integrated Contemporary Dance. She creates and produces different types of art (dance, theatre, and performance), including the award-winning performance monologue called “Tentacles,” presented several times in different cities in Colombia, and also in countries such as Mexico and Nepal.
Kulli Sarita (she/her) is an illustrator in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Kulli Sarita has deep connections and collaborations with women’s organizations and collectives tied to the principles of anarchism, indianista movements, and feminism. Through her work she incorporates her lived experience as an Indigenous woman in Cochabamba, her academic background in visual communication, and her studies in engraving and printmaking, while also being inspired by her family’s work in the agricultural sector to establish connections between urban and rural experiences.
Leïla Saadna (she/her) is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, and director of photography who lives and works in Algiers, Algeria. Her films deal with exile and the struggles of people impacted by migration as well as the resistance of women and marginalized people in African and diasporic contexts from a feminist point of view.
Éli Moreira (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist, cultural producer, and a gender and sexual dissident currently living and working in Salvador, Bahía, Brazil. Their art research and practice blends popular contemporary Brazilian music, electronic music, vocal sampling, and organic and synthesized instrumentation with creative writing, collage, and experimental photography to delve in subjects such as gender, dissidence, sexuality, and love.
Gesiye (she/they) works with individuals and communities using performance, tattooing, installation, and image-making to explore embodiment and storytelling as forms of liberation. Raised in a Nigerian-Trinidadian family with a deep connection to divination and somatic healing practices, Gesiye uses an intuitive practice rooted in themes of belonging and examines the sociocultural symbols and power dynamics that impact our relationships with self, state, and land.
Shivanjani Lal (she/her) is a Fijian-Australian artist and curator whose work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss. Recent works have used storytelling, objects, and video to account for lost histories and explore narratives of indenture and migratory histories from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In Lal’s work, reading and objects guide audiences through lived and imagined narratives that attempt to decipher what is lost and the possibilities of futures.
The artist opted to remain anonymous. In the spirit of practicing feminist ethics of care and safety, we offer anonymity for all Artist Changemakers. Artist Changemakers may choose to remain anonymous for a variety of reasons in line with the multiplicities of their creative practices.
Samantha Ainembabazi (she/her) is a poet, spoken-word artist, and curator. She began writing poetry at eight years old, when her family went through a traumatic experience and she learned to find solace in words. Her poetry gradually evolved from a form of escape from trauma to exploring body positivity, and she launched an art-based movement to encourage women to love their bodies.
Albena Baeva (she/her) is at the forefront of interactive art in Bulgaria. She works with artificial intelligence (AI), physical computing, creative coding, and augmented reality, pushing for a feminist discourse in tech-art (art that intertwines with technological innovation) and how AI impacts climate change.
MEET THE ARTIST CHANGEMAKERS
Jono Lena (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Salvador, Brazil. Her art revolves around gender, identity, ancestrality, and race in the face of white, heterocispatriarchal systems of oppression. Created from the center of what she calls the crossroads of sound, imagery, word, and body, her experimentation aims to reject the victimhood imposed upon Black, trans, queer, and gender non-conforming corporalities.
Jaycie Lewis (she/them) is an Antiguan artist born 27 years ago to a Kittitian mother and Antiguan father. At present, the manifestation of her artistry is as a visual storyteller, and building, directing, and performing in stories for stage, stills, and film. Her art is a vehicle for education on and preservation and celebration of Caribbean culture as well as one for pedagogy and social transformation.
One member of our third Artist Changemaker cohort has opted to remain anonymous. In the spirit of practicing feminist ethics of care and safety and in line with the Guiding Principles developed by our Artist Changemaker Advisory Council we offer anonymity as an option for all Artist Changemakers. Artist Changemakers may opt into anonymity for a variety of reasons in line with the multiplicities of their creative practices.
Lujain Jo (she/her/hers) is an Iraqi filmmaker, activist, and performance artist currently living in Lebanon. As part of her strong interest in the manifestations of movement in life, her work includes collaborations with musicians and dancers such as Michaela DePrince and Khansa. She has also worked with multiple media platforms and organizations from Megaphone News and Anti-Racism-Movement to Khateera and Amnesty International on issues related to social movements, migrant workers, police brutality, and feminism.
MEET THE ARTIST CHANGEMAKER ADVISORY COUNCIL
The program is shaped by our Artist Changemaker Advisory Council, a group of feminist creatives, artists, and activists whose work transcend borders, cultures, and disciplines.
Members of the Artist Changemaker Advisory Council join Global Fund for Women in imagining a world where movements for gender justice have transformed privilege and power for a few into equity and equality for all. Artist Changemaker Advisory Council members recognize and commit to a set of Guiding Principles in our shared work as they shape Global Fund for Women's Artist Changemaker Program.
Deep gratitude to the alumni of our Artist ChangemakerAdvisory Council
2022: Amina Doherty, Aweqawe Mda, Priya Kvam, Shilo Shiv Suleman, Aisha Shillingford, Polina Vyzhak