Artist Liv Wynter resigned as a Tate artist-in-residence in response to what she called “invisible inequalities” at the museum.
Wynter resigned on Wednesday, just ahead of International Women’s Day, to bring attention to how the Tate and other arts intuitions are failing to combat sexual assault and to diversify, The Guardian reported. Wynter was particularly critical of Tate director Maria Balshaw’s comments, made last month to the Times, that she “was raised to be a confident woman who, when I encountered harassment, would say: ‘Please don’t’ ... or something rather more direct.” Wynter, who, according to The Guardian, identifies as a “queer working-class female artist,” is also a survivor of domestic violence. She said she felt “personal shame” working for Balshaw after the remarks. Balshaw later apologized for her comments on Instagram and in a meeting with Tate staff. “It is absolutely not my intention to say that women are in any way to blame,” she wrote on the social media platform. “To be clear, it is the perpetrators who are responsible for their behaviour and not the women who are subjected to it.”