a message from Kupona

At the end of this month, we will say goodbye to the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition, as the remaining pieces return to the UK. As you can see from the reviews below, it has been very popular! If you were inspired by the stories behind this collection, or moved by the power of these portraits, it’s not too late to give them a permanent home.
‘In the banda’, 21.3″x13″, chalk pastel, 2015
The drawings, by artist Dr. Jac Saorsa, shine a spotlight on the silent tragedy of obstetric fistula and are a celebration of the resilience, courage and unadulterated beauty of the women who inspired the work.

Time is running out! Email Alexandra, or call us (+1.518.595.9007) by August 21st to discuss a purchase. You can view the available artwork here, and read the story behind the work in our exhibition catalog. Proceeds from sales support life changing treatment for women living with fistula.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Abbey Kocan
Executive Director, Kupona Foundation
Reviews of Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula:

“Not only does the artist capture the transformative power of a successful surgery, but also the inherent stigma-busting power of a woman who is unafraid to tell her story as someone living with or having lived with a fistula.”

“For those of us who believe that art has a place in society beyond the aesthetic, this collection of striking pieces by Jac Saorsa merits attention. It sheds light – and hope – on women whose very existence is barely recognized in mainstream narratives.”

“I am an art lover, so understand the power of art on our consciousness. I also know how hard it is to discuss obstetric fistula. I think the art show, arranged by Kupona, is a fabulous forum to raise the consciousness of the public to this tragic condition – in a way that is beautiful, meaningful, yet not ‘in your face’ and confrontational.”

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a polite request…

To all my much appreciated followers and supporters of the work towards expressing and articulating patient the lived experience of illness through art. This is an unusual thing for me to do and I hope that you will understand the reasons. So…here goes!

Artes Mundi is an internationally focused arts organisation that identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience.

Founded in 2002 by Welsh artist William Wilkins, Artes Mundi is best known for its biennial international Exhibition and Prize which takes place in Cardiff. The exhibition is Wales’ biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show. One of the shortlisted artists is awarded the prize of £40,000, the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world.

Here is my respectful request:

Artists must be nominated for the prize and for Artes Mundi 8 all nominations must be submitted by 17:00 GMT on 15th May 2017. I am hoping that someone may able to nominate me for the work that I do. It goes without saying I think that were I to be shortlisted it would be excellent in terms of getting my work seen more and thus help the cause and indeed, were I to actually win the prize money would be of huge advantage in continuing and expanding the scope of my work.

If you feel you can help please follow this link to nominate me:

http://www.artesmundi.org/en/news/artesmundi8nominations

With grateful thanks

Jac

New NYC Exhibition update!

I’m delighted to let you know that the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition is continuing its run in New York and, sponsored by the Kupona Foundation, has moved to the acclaimed Cornelia Street cafe in Greenwich Village.

The exhibition will run from February 28th – May 2nd 2017. More details can be found here:

Cornelia Street Cafe art

All of the work on show at the Cafe is for sale with the proceeds going directly to women suffering from obstetric fistula in Tanzania. For more information click on the link below or contact kupona.art@gmail.com.

http://www.artpal.com/KUPONAART

NYC exhibition update

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The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the Kimmel Galleries in NYC has been extended through December this year! I am delighted of course and this is great news as it will allow the exhibition to reach a bigger audience and continue the good work in raising awareness and increasing understanding of the experience of fistula. The reaction to the show up to now has been really encouraging…below is a comment on progress from sponsors and organisers, the Kupona Foundation.

To see a slide show of the work in the exhibition check out the dedicated page on this site.

So far, the exhibition has raised over $26,000 in support and sponsorship as we fight to end fistula within a generation. It has also triggered multiple conversations with potential new partners. Our Twitter chat the day of the launch made over 3 million impressions, and our efforts to publicize the exhibition continue. We have been thrilled by the response, and are so grateful for support from the artist, Jac Saorsa, and our sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Fistula Foundation, the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula and New York University’s Kimmel Center and College of Global Public Health.

great news for the Drawing out OF project!

The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula Project is set to continue in a big way thanks to much appreciated support from Johnson and Johnson and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Johnson and Johnson, who sponsored the exhibition last month at the RCOG in London are now supporting me to return to Tanzania in September. I will be working there with the women who are recovering from fistula surgery and are staying at the Mabinti Centre in Dar Es Salaam where they are being supported physically and psychologically while learning creative and business skills in order to resume a normal life. I visited Mabinti on my first visit to Dar (see previous post) and this time, along with making sketches and notes to produce a further body of work for the project, I will be running drawing and lino-cut printing workshops with the women there.

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

Johnson & Johnson, a long standing supporter of fistula programmes, makes great efforts to reduce fistula and maternal mortality by ‘scaling-up’ access to maternal health services and skilled birth attendants.The infographic below was produced for the Campaign to End Fistula in partnership with Johnson and Johnson.

Fistula Infographic - JNJ UNFPA - 500K

Fistula Infographic – JNJ UNFPA – 500K

I am looking forward very much to the trip, and to making new work towards a major exhibition at  the Johnson and Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick NJ next year, before touring around public venues throughout the USA!