We at Beacon Gallery are so excited for the opening of Photographing The Female on April 5th. The chance to showcase photographs and video work by artists from around the world, all documenting the female experience is really exciting, especially as the gallery director is female, as is most of her staff (although not her beloved intern, Josh!)
Oftentimes when selecting shows, gallery director Christine O’Donnell will think about how to include local non-profits and charities in the work she’s doing. Previous shows that have either been completely or partially dedicated to educating the public on humanitarian or non-profit work include:
Our newest partnership is with The Resilient Sisterhood Project, has the following mission:
“to inform and empower women of African descent regarding common but rarely discussed diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect us. We approach these diseases and associated burden through a cultural and social justice lens because we believe that poor knowledge of reproductive health is primarily related to health, race, and socioeconomic disparities.”
Photographing The Female has its own unique mission as well. It is a global project and exhibition that explores female identity and representation in photography through the insight of contemporary lens-based artists. Formed to reflect on the diverse state, condition, and role of the female around the world today; it uses the power of photography to start a conversation and inspire new ways of seeing.
The Photographing The Female exhibition brings together the work of empowering voices from all around the world whose photographic practices all explore a contemporary female experience via historically central themes like the body, sense of self, conformity, and stigmatization.
The photographers speak to us from a myriad of vantage points uncovering social and personal realities that challenge perceptions of what it means to be female and forces the viewer to consider the consequences of society’s prescribed roles.
Come and visit the exhibition, open from April 5th through June 2nd and experience it for yourself.
Check out the Photographing The Female website too!