We Are Not Surprised

 Image: Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982). Photo credit: John Marchael. Courtesy: Jane Dickson. © Jenny Holzer, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Image: Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982).
Photo credit: John Marchael. Courtesy: Jane Dickson. © Jenny Holzer, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

We are not surprised.

We are artists, arts administrators, assistants, curators, directors, editors, educators, gallerists, interns, scholars, students, writers, and more—workers of the art world—and we have been groped, undermined, harassed, infantilised, scorned, threatened, and intimidated by those in positions of power who control access to resources and opportunities. We have held our tongues, threatened by power wielded over us and promises of institutional access and career advancement...

...We will no longer ignore the condescending remarks, the wayward hands on our bodies, the threats and intimidations thinly veiled as flirtation, or the silence from ambitious colleagues. We will not tolerate being shamed or disbelieved, and we will not tolerate the recrimination that comes with speaking out. 

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#NOTSURPRISED

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