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Louder than Words: WOMEN ON THE MOVE

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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

Schedule of Speakers and Events
12–12:30pm: Lilli Bernard
12:30–1pm: Janaya Khan
1–1:30pm: East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELACW)
1:30–2pm: Sarana Mehra and Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW)
6:30–7:30pm: Dismantling Rape Culture Workshop


Developed by Louder Than Words, a cross-cultural, intergenerational art collective, WOMEN ON THE MOVE transforms a 26-ft truck into a mobile billboard and resource center to aid in the prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence. The project’s current emphasis is on the challenges faced by women whose experiences are often the most marginalized: those who often fear reporting due to retaliation, fraught relationships with law enforcement, or fear of detention.

Setup outside of The Main Museum, there will be events throughout the day, including guest speakers, street interventions and video screenings. Once participants enter the truck, they will encounter a resource center equipped with videos, oral histories, informational materials, artwork and posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.Volunteers will be onsite to engage people passing by in conversation and offer free artist-designed posters.

This program is open to all and 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. 

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.

WOMEN ON THE MOVE is also collaborating with Ione Wells, founder of #NOTGUILTY.

Lili Bernard. Carlota Slaying the Slaver (after Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes, 1612), 2017. Oil on Canvas, 60″x72″

Lili Bernard. Carlota Slaying the Slaver (after Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes, 1612), 2017. Oil on Canvas, 60″x72″

Lili Bernard is a Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist. Her work examines issues of sexism, racism, and trauma. Primarily a painter, Lili had a 2017 solo exhibition at Museum of African Diaspora. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University and City University of New York.  Lili is also a mother of six, an actor, educator, author, occasional curator, longtime community organizer and founder of BAILA: Black Artists in Los Angeles. A public-figure antirape activist, Lili influenced the abolishment of the statute of limitations on rape prosecution in California.

Lili will speak on The Blaming, Shaming, and Silencing of Women of Color Sexual Assault Survivors



Janaya Khan is a storyteller, organizer, and futurist. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Janaya's contributions to social progress are most evident in their community organizing and popular culture discourse with a focus on feminism, race theory and environmental justice. Featured in The Root, Al Jazeera, Flare, Colorlines, and, Janaya has become a leading voice in the global crusade demanding social transformation, justice, and equality.

Janaya resides in Los Angeles and guest lectures at schools across the US and internationally. Most recently, Janaya acts as an Interim Campaign Director for Color of Change. 


East Los Angeles Women's Center (ELAWC) strives to end violence against women and girls through providing bilingual and culturally relevant services. Their goal is to help women find hope in their lives by empowering them to attain a quality of life that is safe and healthy for themselves and their children. ELAWC utilizes a holistic and family-centered approach. Their services include: providing continuous assistance to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and HIV/AIDS through our 24-hour crisis hotline; providing individual counseling, group education, advocacy and accompaniments to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS; Providing training and certificates to Promotoras and Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence counselor / advocates. Providing continuous outreach and community education to women at risk of HI/AIDS and interpersonal violence. They deliver services to individuals, groups and communities.  ELAWC builds healthier communities by working closely with community partners in health care, law enforcement, social services, public institutions and others. The East Los Angeles Women’s Center is proud of its long-standing commitment to providing culturally competent services tailored to meet the unique needs of Latino families and build safer healthy communities.



Sarana Mehra is a British artist and activist living and working in Los Angeles. Sarana started working in healthcare activism when she moved to Los Angeles from London in 2007. As a result of the 2016 election, Sarana started working with groups such as Healthy California to push Single Payer healthcare in California in the form of the Healthy California bill (SB562). She also works with the Women’s Artist Activist Group (WAAG) and is on the steering committee for the Artist’s Political Action Network (APAN).  Sarana believes that access to healthcare is a feminist issue and a human right. As a survivor of a rare congenital health issue, she thrived because of her access to universal healthcare.

She now uses her experience to educate Americans about the necessity of guaranteed affordable healthcare as an essential part of a healthy, creative life.

Sarana received her BFA at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at the University of Oxford and her MFA from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London.


WCCW: A Feminist Organization's Handbook, forthcoming, March 2018

WCCW: A Feminist Organization's Handbook, forthcoming, March 2018

Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) Founded in 2013, the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) cultivates Los Angeles’ feminist creative communities and practices. With over 16,000 followers, they advocate for feminist-led creative projects and businesses and support a radically expansive and intersectional understanding of feminism and creative practice.

WCCW’s current focus is on health care. WOMEN ON THE MOVE views sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence as a public health issue and has invited WCCW to share their current initiative addressing collective care. The quarter explores what it means to exchange care and what it means to be healthy. What are all the ways we care for people, families, neighborhoods, communities, and the environment? What is a healthy relationship, healthy community, healthy city? What things prevent us from providing care for each other?