On the occasion of the touring exhibition ‘Violence Grows’ at Richardson Store, Los Angeles.
Violence Grows is a forceful, wide-ranging look at four iconoclastic female icons of the 1980s. A four-phase journey, focusing on three punk artists and one divisive politician. All four re-shaped antiquated ideas on identity, sexuality, and the role of women in a dysfunctional society. These four determined women set out to overturn the world they lived in.
The confrontational content of Violence Grows examines a patriarchal elitist system and how culture can subvert it. Presenting material from the archive of The Mott Collection a counter-cultural archive of these transgressive women of the 1980s with a pointed political edge.
This empowering collection of galvanising ephemera highlights the political and social troubles of the past whilst illuminating the times we’re living through right now.
Four image-based publications, one dedicated to each subject; Margaret Thatcher, Honey Bane, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and One A2 poster and a vintage sheet of Margaret Thatcher toilet paper all housed in a sticker embellished mailer box.
Art Direction: Jamie Reid.
Design: Emmanuel O’Brien.
Text Editor: Vivien Goldman
All source material courtesy of The Mott Collection.
Toby Mott is an artist, designer & collector as well as the founder of Cultural Traffic. His recent publications include: Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 The Mott Collection (Phaidon, 2016), Punk Troubles: Northern Ireland (Dashwood Books, 2017) and Kraftwerk: Dance Forever (Cultural Traffic, 2018).
Jamie Reid is the Art Director of Dazed & Confused. He has previously worked with Toby Mott on titles such as Skinhead: An Archive (Ditto Press, 2014) and Showboat: Punk/Sex/Bodies (Dashwood Books, 2016).
Emmanuel O’Brien is an art director working under Jamie Reid Studio.
Vivien Goldman is a writer/musician AKA NYU’s Punk Professor. She has previously authored: Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot (University of Texas Press, 2019).