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Dans Bain Visual Artist: Danielle Bain. Collabs & commissions welcome - DM me! Production Design for Film/Theatre, Illustration, Painting, Installation Art, Sculpture, Photography, Performance, DJ.

Vintage seller specialising in 60s, 70s and 80s fashion. Dans Bain is a Visual Artist from Melbourne, Australia. A key element to the evolution of Dans' artistic practice is collaboration and participation through public art engagement. Commissions and collaborations are welcome. All images are copyright © Danielle Bain. All rights reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission by the author/artist is strictly prohibited.

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Thank you for your support Larissa Waters. It is never lost on me that it is always female MPs, female journalists and l...
08/04/2022

Thank you for your support Larissa Waters.
It is never lost on me that it is always female MPs, female journalists and leading women in organisations and activism who are speaking out on the issues of male violence.

The fact that nearly 1,000 women and children have been killed by violence since 2008 IS upsetting. But hiding the list doesn't erase the reality. We need to keep national attention on this crisis and we need a government that will take real action to end gendered violence.

Dans Bain

I’ve been sitting quietly all day with the decision to remove The Lost Petition from Her Place museum, as the day passed...
07/04/2022

I’ve been sitting quietly all day with the decision to remove The Lost Petition from Her Place museum, as the day passed the more uneasy I’ve been feeling.

The fact that this work has been censored speaks to the stigma of male violence against women and children. It is an uncomfortable reality.

I had a friend of a family member contact me and ask for a photo of their mothers name on the petition, I had to photograph that name and then remove the Lost Petition from the museum.
I then had to share with the family that the visibility of their mother’s death has been erased from public viewing.

I want to apologise to the families who have lost their loved ones to violent men and who are seeing their voices silenced, again.

Just imagine if this was your grandmother, mother, sister, child or friend and their right to be represented, to be seen and remembered had been taken away.

This work lists almost 1000 women and children, every woman and child on the Lost Petition is a loved one and has families that love them. They are not an inconvenience.
@sherelemoodyredheartcampaign and I see them. We see their families, we support the survivors of male violence and we will continue to campaign to make their voices heard.

Thank you for your support. 🖤

Apologies to anyone who was planning to view The Lost Petition at Her Place, Womens Museum in East Melbourne. I was aske...
06/04/2022

Apologies to anyone who was planning to view The Lost Petition at Her Place, Womens Museum in East Melbourne.

I was asked to remove The Lost Petition today as it was deemed inappropriate to be displayed alongside the current exhibition.

I don’t know how I’m feeling about this but I respect that there were lengthy discussions in coming to this decision.

I fully realise that in exhibiting a work like The Lost Petition in the context of an institutionalised setting (as opposed to public space) that there is a duty of care when inviting audience into the space.
This work is an inconvenient truth and it’s not comfortable realisation.

Her Place would like to still exhibit the work at a later date, so please stay tuned.

When I look at this photo I think of all the women who have come before me, the women who were discriminated against, si...
06/04/2022

When I look at this photo I think of all the women who have come before me, the women who were discriminated against, silenced and ignored.
The women of colour, women with disabilities, elderly women, First Nations women, sex workers, young women and trans, non binary people from the LGBTIQ community. All of the people who are still not represented, not heard, not seen and not respected.

I think of the brave women who continue to speak up, call it out and continue to be vilified.

I stand with you.
I will continue to stand with you.

📷 by Ian Cutmore

05/04/2022

Stacey Thorne was murdered. She was 24 weeks pregnant with a baby she wanted. Please follow Australian Story tonight on ABC - bear witness to Stacey's life and hold the criminal justice system to account. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-04/how-evidence-tampering-put-scott-in-jail-for-a-murder/100631388
#blacklivesmatter
📸ABC Australian Story
Description: Photograph of Stacey Thorne, smiling. Together with a necklace with her photo, and her sister's hand resting on her grave stone.

02/04/2022

During our visit to the ACT, we stopped by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy with #thelostpetition.
I was asked to unfurl The Lost Petition at the embassy and Gwenda was so gracious with her time, she asked me to explain the work so it could be shared online.
So here’s me doing an impromptu introduction to The Lost Petition on Ngunnawal Country, Canberra.

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02/04/2022

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CN: Violence Against Women

I don’t want to interrupt your weekend, but so you know…⁣

16 women have been killed by men so far in 2022 in Australia. ⁣

We are just 13 weeks into the year. ⁣

Where’s the outcry? ⁣

Where’s the media reporting?⁣

Are women’s lives just not worth it?

#NotOneMoreNiki

Thanks for all your support in the lead up to unfurling #thelostpetition at Parliament House. Hopefully we can meet next...
02/04/2022

Thanks for all your support in the lead up to unfurling #thelostpetition at Parliament House. Hopefully we can meet next time Larissa Waters.
Thank you Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng - Greens Senate Candidate for being there and speaking to the issue.

Thanks for being there and showing your support Kim For Canberra. 💜
02/04/2022

Thanks for being there and showing your support Kim For Canberra. 💜

On our last day in Canberra I was fortunate to be amongst nature at the Canberra Botanical Gardens in Ngunnawal Country....
01/04/2022

On our last day in Canberra I was fortunate to be amongst nature at the Canberra Botanical Gardens in Ngunnawal Country.
I’m so grateful to have my dear friend and wonderful artist @studioannickaisha by my side, supporting me all the way. Also my endless thanks to @casualworkforce and his unwavering belief in me. 🤍

Yesterday I took my work ‘The Lost Petition’ to Parliament House, Canberra. Listing 985 women and children who have lost...
29/03/2022

Yesterday I took my work ‘The Lost Petition’ to Parliament House, Canberra. Listing 985 women and children who have lost their lives to male violence.

I was joined by group of diverse, amazing women, and 3 men.

Today I am hoping to see an adequate response to the issue of gendered violence reflected in the budget, and for all political parties to signal their commitment to this issue in the upcoming election.

There are so many incredible organisations who have already done the work of developing detailed policy alternatives for governments. The work has been done for them - they just need the political will to act.

I want people to see the scale of this crisis, I want them to read the names of women and children who are no longer with us today.
I want men and boys to call it out, this is not just a womens issue and we not not a special interest group;we are half the population.

Gendered violence does not discriminate between postcards. But we must also ensure marginalized members of our community have their voices heard. Women in all their diversity and intersectionality should be included in all consideration or policy, services, practice and legal rights.

I am just one voice raising awareness, using The Lost Petition to communicate an uncomfortable reality, and to commemorate the lives lost to violent men.

Thanks to everyone for your support. 🖤

Parliament here we come! #thelostpetition
27/03/2022

Parliament here we come! #thelostpetition

This time last year I had just finished creating The Lost Petition. Over a few days, I had spent around 40 hours shuffli...
26/03/2022

This time last year I had just finished creating The Lost Petition.
Over a few days, I had spent around 40 hours shuffling around on the floor writing the 898 names of women and children, and their eternal age; they would never grow any older.

My amazing mum, who had sewn all 11 of these single sheets together to form the petition captured this moment with my 10 month old baby.

Swipe 👉 forward to this year and my amazing partner captured this moment again, the joy I have with my son and the despair I have in the pit of my stomach as I add another baby, child, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend.
985 lives lost since 2008.

For the women and children we have lost and for all the women and children living in fear. We know the statistics and we can no longer be silent.

Men is it time. Gendered violence is your issue, you must call it out and you must demand change.

26/03/2022

Thanks for sharing Hosier Lane Street Art

Photos from First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria's post
24/03/2022

Photos from First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria's post

This mural commemorates all Australian women and children lost to violence. Each heart represents 10 lives taken. We kne...
14/03/2022

This mural commemorates all Australian women and children lost to violence. Each heart represents 10 lives taken. We knew when we created this piece of public art, time would see it erased.

Young men choosing to deface this commemorative project shows that their thoughtless acts are underpinned by the social drivers that create toxic masculinity.

The #boyswillbeboys justification allows toxic masculinity to thrive and it is that same toxic masculinity that erased most of the women and children remembered on this map.

We are choosing to work with the tagging and document the changes as they come.

The RED HEART Campaign

12/03/2022

To save the Curtin Hotel we need to get it protected under Victorian heritage laws. To prove that it is historically and socially important, we need your stories. So, what's your JC's story? Tell us here: https://weareunion.typeform.com/savethecurtin

To be a practicing artist is a privilege. I couldn’t do this work without help. Especially as a mum with young kids. Thi...
10/03/2022

To be a practicing artist is a privilege. I couldn’t do this work without help. Especially as a mum with young kids.

This is a thank you post, to all the people who stand by me and my work, those who donate to my GoFundMe, those who share it and those who send messages of support.

I want to personally thank…
1. My family. Always at the end of the phone or at my door when I need them. My parents do so much for me and my kids, I’m so grateful.

2. My partner, Mickey. Always a voice of optimism and encouragement.

3. Amanda and Annick, always there to lend an ear. Annick, thanks for helping on the unpleasant job of scraping paint back for the mural. 😬

4. Nicole, thank you for coming to my rescue when I rocked up to Hosier lane in a pair of thongs 🤦‍♀️.
Nicole brought a pair of sneakers and their fabulous painting skills to help with the mural.

5. My crew from the March 4 Justice, Melbourne. Seriously you guys are the wings beneath my wings. Delaram, Sticky, Loz, Andie, Dave, Morgan, Tom and Mickey.

6. Alex. She came to my rescue with the stencils for the mural. Please check out and support her small business @chafi.accessories

7. Sherele @theredheartcampaign. A tireless campaigner and always so generous with her time and support. And just look at what we get done when we work together! 💪

8. Karen. You are such an inspiration and a rock of support. Thank you for all the advocacy you do.

9. Tobie, the rescue doggo who came into our lives late last year with boundless love. 🐾
(Not pictured but thanks to Alex who helped me out with the map template)

More fantastic news for representation and recognition of exceptional women in public space. 💪♥️
09/03/2022

More fantastic news for representation and recognition of exceptional women in public space. 💪♥️

Representation is important. Which is why it really sucks that only 1% of Melbourne’s statues are of real women, standing alone.

As part of a commitment by the Andrews Government to start addressing this injustice, a series of new statues will be funded around the state, including one of Zelda D'Aprano outside Trades Hall.

Zelda D’Aprano was a feminist activist and trade union legend. She took direct action for gender pay equality, including by chaining herself to the doors of the Commonwealth Building, and (pictured here) paying only 75% of a tram fare because women were only receiving 75% of men's wages.

A statue of Zelda outside Trades Hall is a fitting tribute for such an iconic and inspirational figure in our movement.

08/03/2022

“There is a gaping hole in the funding for women and a lack of systematic change by this Government,” Bains said. “We need a budget that actively addresses the question- “how will this affect women?” Dans Bain and Sherele Moody have created this powerful piece "to commemorate women & children lost to violence." Hosier Lane Street Art
A wonderful and heartbreaking way to remember and stir conversation.
Australian Progressives will push to increase funding and services as outlined in the final report from the Victorian Royal Commission into Domestic Violence. https://www.progressives.org.au/equality
Follow the link ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️
https://womensagenda.com.au/girls-covid/health-rights-and-gender-based-violence/melbourne-mural-commemorates-women-and-children-killed-by-male-violence/

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The fact that nearly 1,000 women and children have been killed by violence since 2008 IS upsetting. But hiding the list doesn't erase the reality. We need to keep national attention on this crisis and we need a government that will take real action to end gendered violence. Dans Bain
The Lost Petition is a 30-metre long fabric artwork containing the names of the 986 women and children who have lost their lives to male violence since 2008. Today the artist Dans Bain unfurled her work outside Parliament House to bring attention to gendered violence and call on the government to act urgently to address this crisis. Dr Tjanara Goreng Goreng - Greens Senate
An incredibly harrowing event today outside Parliament House displaying ‘The Lost Petition’, artwork by Dans Bain, that lists all the names of women and children who have lost their lives to gendered violence since 2008. Today, ahead of the Federal Budget, we call for our Parliament to act on addressing the issue of violence against women and children. This is urgent, we cannot sit idly by as the list of names grows longer and longer. Also in attendance today was Sherele Moody of The RED HEART Campaign, who voluntarily collects the statistics of domestic violence because the Federal Government won’t. We must do better.
“There is a gaping hole in the funding for women and a lack of systematic change by this Government,” Bains said. “We need a budget that actively addresses the question- “how will this affect women?” Dans Bain and Sherele Moody have created this powerful piece "to commemorate women & children lost to violence." Hosier Lane Street Art A wonderful and heartbreaking way to remember and stir conversation. Australian Progressives will push to increase funding and services as outlined in the final report from the Victorian Royal Commission into Domestic Violence. https://www.progressives.org.au/equality Follow the link ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️ https://womensagenda.com.au/girls-covid/health-rights-and-gender-based-violence/melbourne-mural-commemorates-women-and-children-killed-by-male-violence/
March4JusticeMelbourne⁠ ⁠ Part 2 ⁠ On Sunday lifelong friends and strangers came together to ensure the voices of 978 women and children are not lost. Lives that were taken at the hands of violent men. We carefully carried the poignant 30 metre long artwork by Dans Bain from The Supreme Court to the steps of Parliament. There were no speeches this time as so much has already been said. On this day, we remembered in silence.⁠ ⁠ It's time for more action on gender equality, criminal justice reform, and workplace safety. Attitudes and behaviours have to shift. Support services need more resources. Policies need to change. It is utterly heartbreaking reading all of the names and how many lives have been cut short. The ripple effect that extends from each name should also not be forgotten. ⁠ ⁠ (Series of one handed photo taking, the walk from my perspective)
March4JusticeMelbourne⁠ ⁠ Part 1⁠ ⁠ On Sunday lifelong friends and strangers came together to ensure the voices of 978 women and children are not lost. Lives that were taken at the hands of violent men. We carefully carried the poignant 30 metre long artwork by Dans Bain from The Supreme Court to the steps of Parliament. There were no speeches this time as so much has already been said. On this day, we remembered in silence.⁠ ⁠ It's time for more action on gender equality, criminal justice reform, and workplace safety. Attitudes and behaviours have to shift. Support services need more resources. Policies need to change. It is utterly heartbreaking reading all of the names and how many lives have been cut short. The ripple effect that extends from each name should also not be forgotten. ⁠ ⁠ (Series of one handed photo taking, the walk from my perspective)⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #march4justice
IWD 2020 paste-ups in Hosier Lane by phenomenal artist Dans Bain, from an original photograph by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea Photography... I am honoured & delighted.