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Louder than Words: Dismantling Rape Culture

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

All Beta Main programs are free.
114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013


Facilitated by artists S.A. Bachman and Neda Moridpour, this interactive workshop will examine how our society subtly and overtly supports sexual violence and will provide participants with a framework to challenge rape culture in their own lives. 

The workshop will:

  • Examine rape culture
  • Analyze representations of femininity and masculinity
  • Define harassment, victim blaming, and misogyny
  • Develop language that helps us handle situations when they arise
  • Begin building the capacity and confidence to have healthy boundaries, relationships, and communications
  • Explain how not to be a bystander
  • Discuss things men and boys (and all of us) can do to support survivors and prevent sexual violence and harassment

RSVP is required. This workshop is designed for female-identified participants ages 14 to 19. RSVP here by March 17

Join us earlier in the day for an additional lineup of speakers and more. A full schedule for the day's events can be found here: Louder than Words: WOMEN ON THE MOVE. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.



LOUDER THAN WORDS (S.A. Bachman+Neda Moridpour) is a cross-cultural, intergenerational art collective that targets sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence, women's reproductive health, and homophobia by combining activism with courageous art interventions. WOMEN ON THE MOVE is also collaborating with Ione Wells, founder of #NOTGUILTY.


S.A. Bachman recruits art in the service of public address while examining the ways capitalism and misogyny conspire to jeopardize women and the outnumbered. Her socio-political critique exposes the insidiousness of sexism, white privilege and conformity. Her practice resides at the intersection of art and social justice and focuses on the nexus between political power, public policy and social discipline. 

Bachman’s photographs and interventionist projects have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Spain, China, and The Czech Republic and has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for Cultural Innovation and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Bachman’s artwork is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, The Rose Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.


Neda Moridpour is a socially engaged feminist artist, advocate and educator. Born and raised in Iran, a strong awareness of gender discrimination, inequality and censorship permeates Moridpour’s methods and philosophy. She approaches art as a social practice, crossing disciplines and boundaries to explore social issues while establishing dialogue and mobilizing communities. Her art reorders entrenched cultural gridlock via bold round-table talks, visual and performative interventions and lens-based practices.  

Her collaboration with A Window Between Worlds, I CAN WE CAN, engaged more than 20,000 participants globally and her work with the [P]Art Collective brings together artists and professionals to exchange ideas about social issues in Iran via artmaking. Moridpour’s work is in the collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art and was recently exhibited in Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East.