Violent Femmes

Interrogating the Femme Fatale stereotype.


We are the Violent Femmes, not the Folk Punk band from the 1980’s Post Punk era (who ironically didn’t have any female members) but the collective femme fatale force of the post-truth pandemic era. The term Femme Fatale originates from the French meaning Fatal Female or Dangerous Woman. She emerges in art and literature as Judith, painted extensively by Artemisia Gentileschi, who felt an uncanny kinship with this muse. Julia Kristeva (2011) wrote in her book The Severed Head: Capital Visions, about the relationship between Gentileschi and Judith, painting them both as feminist heroines. The male dominated world conversely describes them as being simultaneously precarious, dangerous and trouble.

Conceivably dangerous times calls for dangerous women; Anna Tsing (2015:2) describes the precarity of our times in her wonderful book The Mushroom at the end of the World, saying: “It seems that all our lives are precarious—many of us […] confront the condition of trouble without end.” While theorist Donna Haraway (2016:1) describes the need for women to make kin as a way to flourish in a damaged and dangerous world: “The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with each other in a thick present.

The artists in this group exhibition does not necessarily engage with the Femme Fatale concept on a thematic level, it would be too literal to expect a group of diverse women to interpret such a topic solely on the content of concept and theme. We, the artists, are the embodiment of what it means to be female in this precarious time where making kin trumps fighting tooth and nail for our place in society. We have emerged from the fight fought by our 2nd and 3rd wave predecessors to a place where we must work together if we are to ensure a future for ourselves and those who will come after us. As diverse as this group of artists are, varied in media, concept, background and environment, we are informed by the same unifying thread: an ethic of care, which emerges from working alongside each other, to strengthen, encourage and support not only each other, but also the world around us. We are kin, learning to live and die well together in this moment, stirring up trouble as we grow alongside each other, restoring a broken world while building quiet places (Haraway 2016:1).

Exhibition opening (physical and online): 5 June 2021 at 10.30am for 11am.

Strict Covid 19 protocols will be in place.

If you live outside of South Africa and wish to purchase one of the artworks, please contact us.

For more information pertaining to this exhibition you may contact Anne on 072 380 7268 during office hours, alternatively please email artb@artb.co.za.




RSG Interview - 15 June 2021


  • On days like these

    R16,000.00

    Lizl Bode
    Graphite on paper
    86,5 cm (H) x 73,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Oupa

    R16,000.00

    Lizl Bode
    Technical pen on paper
    86,5 cm (H) x 73,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • The Fisherman

    R16,000.00

    Lizl Bode
    Technical pen on paper
    86,5 cm (H) x 73,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Equinox

    R5,700.00

    Carla Botes
    Gouache and Ink on Paper Cutout
    36 cm (H) x 51 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Signals

    R1,050.00

    Carla Botes
    Signed limited edition giclee print on 180gsm Epson Watercolour paper
    21 cm (H) x 15 cm (W)
    Mounted

  • Sirens

    R1,050.00

    Carla Botes
    Signed limited edition giclee print on 180gsm Epson Watercolour paper
    21 cm (H) x 15 cm (W)
    Mounted

  • Surrender

    R1,050.00

    Carla Botes
    Signed limited edition giclee print on 180gsm Epson Watercolour paper
    21 cm (H) x 15 cm (W)
    Mounted

  • Herland I

    R12,800.00

    Laurette De Jager
    Digital Photomontage printed on 310gsm Hanemühle and vinyl
    60 cm (H) x 85 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Herland II

    R14,500.00

    Laurette De Jager
    Oil on canvas
    80 cm (H) x 120 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Woman on the Edge of Time I

    R12,800.00

    Laurette De Jager
    Digital Photomontage printed on 310gsm Hanemühle and vinyl
    60 cm (H) x 85 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Behold / Aanskou

    R5,650.00

    Anina Deetlefs
    Mixed media on board
    44 cm (H) x 33 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Still Still

    R10,500.00

    Anina Deetlefs
    Mixed media on canvas
    98 cm (H) x 84 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Wiping the Slate clean

    R12,000.00

    Anina Deetlefs
    Oil on canvas
    118 cm (H) x 84 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Shield

    R18,200.00

    Talitha Deetlefs
    Bronze
    30 cm (H) x 15 cm (W)

  • Untitled I

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    29 cm (H) x 25 cm (W)

  • Untitled II

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    30 cm (H) x 25 cm (W)

  • Untitled III

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    28 cm (H) x 26 cm (W)

  • Untitled IV

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    28 cm (H) x 17 cm (W)

  • Untitled V

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    30 cm (H) x 14 cm (W)

  • Untitled VI

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    19 cm (H) x 30 cm (W)

  • Untitled VII

    R3,900.00

    Antoinette Du Plessis
    Glazed earthenware
    26 cm (H) x 23 cm (W)

  • It is only I

    R4,300.00

    Yvette Hess
    Ink on 250gsm mixed media paper
    52 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Running

    R4,300.00

    Yvette Hess
    Ink on 250gsm mixed media paper
    52 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Framed

  • The Mountains, the Climber and Me

    R4,300.00

    Yvette Hess
    Ink on 250gsm mixed media paper
    52 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Cygnus (not a swansong)

    R11,200.00

    Marike Kleynscheldt
    Acrylic on Canvas
    45,5 cm (H) x 60 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Till you make it

    R8,200.00

    Marike Kleynscheldt
    Acrylic on canvas
    25,5 cm (H) x 35,5 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • All that glitters I

    R1,800.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage and gold leaf
    13,5 cm (H) x 9 cm (W)
    Framed

  • All that glitters II

    R1,800.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage and gold leaf
    13,5 cm (H) x 9 cm (W)
    Framed

  • All that glitters III

    R1,800.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage and gold leaf
    13,5 cm (H) x 9 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Precautionary tale I

    R2,900.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage
    42 cm (H) x 32 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Precautionary tale II

    R2,900.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage
    42 cm (H) x 32 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Precautionary tale III

    R2,900.00

    Shenaz Mahomed
    Hand paper cut collage
    42 cm (H) x 32 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Untitled III (on a bottle green ground)

    R18,000.00

    Lerato Motau
    Handembroidery on Hessian
    65 cm (H) x 63 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Untitled I (on a tangerine ground)

    R37,500.00

    Lerato Motau
    Handembriodery on Hessian
    139 cm (H) x 107 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Untitled II (on a dark ground with spots)

    R45,000.00

    Lerato Motau
    Handembroidery on Hessian
    127 cm (H) x 116 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • The Barra Twins; Tau and Kaikura

    R6,125.00

    Larissa Mwanyama
    Digital Illustration printed in ultrachrome inks on paper
    40 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Faye

    R6,125.00

    Larissa Mwanyama
    Digital Illustration printed in ultrachrome inks on paper
    40 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • Gaia

    R6,125.00

    Larissa Mwanyama
    Digital Illustration printed in ultrachrome inks on paper
    40 cm (H) x 40 cm (W)
    Unframed

  • DiverCity I

    R3,500.00

    Ilse Nieman
    Handcut Paper
    48 cm (H) x 44,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • DiverCity II

    R3,350.00

    Ilse Nieman
    Handcut Paper
    34 cm (H) x 35,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • DiverCity III

    R3,350.00

    Ilse Nieman
    Handcut Paper
    34,5 cm (H) x 38,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Juliette

    R6,000.00

    Lee-Ann Ormandy-Becker
    Porcelain,Base wood, porcelain , silver leaf 19cm x 19cm x 19cm
    33 cm (H) x 14 cm (W)

  • Medea

    R17,500.00

    Lee-Ann Ormandy-Becker
    Glazed stoneware
    84 cm (H) x 37 cm (W)

  • Salome

    R16,000.00

    Lee-Ann Ormandy-Becker
    Porcelain,Base wood, porcelain , silver leaf 19cm x 19cm x 19cm
    46 cm (H) x 15 cm (W)

  • Scylla

    R15,500.00

    Lee-Ann Ormandy-Becker
    Glazed Stoneware
    70 cm (H) x 26 cm (W)

  • Epoch

    R6,500.00

    Jo Roets
    Air-Drying Clay
    36,5 cm (H) x 36,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • Interiorem

    R6,500.00

    Jo Roets
    Air-Drying Clay
    36,5 cm (H) x 36,5 cm (W)
    Framed

  • The Protist

    R6,500.00

    Jo Roets
    Air-Drying Clay
    36,5 cm (H) x 36,5 cm (W)
    Framed