Shocking Art at Women’s Museum Australia

Shocking Art at Women’s Museum Australia
Date & Time
04 November - 04 December 2022

The Lost Petition, a powerful and deeply moving artwork by Australia Artist Dans Bain, confronts the scale of the crisis of violence taking the lives of women and children in this country.  

Every name of these lost women and children are honored on a shroud 30 metres long.

“The Lost Petition is an uncomfortable work to view. When you’re up close reading the names, it is a confronting experience. This exhibition sends an important message to the families of loved ones and survivors that they matter.” Artist Dans Bain.

Exhibition Dates and Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – 11am-3pm – 4 Nov to 4 Dec 2022
Women’s Museum Australia, 210 Clarendon Street, East Melbourne

“Dans Bain’s handwritten work on a domestic artifact carries a shocking power. It’s a call to action for all of us and adds to the Museum’s Her Voice year of activism that began with Grace Tame at Her Place Museum.” Mary Delahunty, Chair Her Place Women’s Museum Australia.

The Lost Petition exhibition also features a peaceful reflective installation called ‘The Living Room’; photos and stories of women and children lost to violence with the voices of their families; a special red heart tribute to the 75 lives lost this year; and interactive elements for visitors to engage with.

“I’d felt despair at the rate at which men were murdering women and children” said artist Dans Bain.

This important work is informed by the research of award-winning journalist and anti-violence advocate Sherele Moody of The RED HEART Campaign and the Australian Femicide and Child Death Map.

Work on The Lost Petition started in 2021 with the names of 898 women and children who had lost their lives to male violence since 2008.

The list continues to grow and currently is 1024 women and children lost to male violence.

“It is my hope that The Lost Petition can amplify those who cannot be heard, it is about giving physical space to reflect and remember lives that have been stolen,” said Dans Bain.

Content Warning: This project mentions violence against women and children.  This project also contains the names of some Indigenous women and children lost to male violence.

For further information please contact:
Dans Bain – Artist – 0417 372 853 –
Mary Delahunty – Chair of Her Place Women’s Museum – 0408 135 776 –
Sherele Moody – Femicide Researcher – 0412 274 801 –

Photo Credit: Dans Bain and Sherele Moody, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne 2022. Photographer Mike Russo

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