LARGEST SOCIAL IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT BY WOMXN IN THE U.S. LAUNCHES TODAY WITH AN OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
United Photo Industries and Women Photograph are proud to announce We, Women, a nationwide platform to support women, transgender, and non-binary photographers who combine images and grassroots strategies to create empathy and social impact on critical issues across the United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
The United States is more divided than ever, and we’re currently witnessing the highest level of civic engagement in generations. We, Women projects will fuel the movement by re-framing issues and highlighting underrepresented narratives that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity.
We, Women launches today with an Open Call for Artists. The first phase of this developing project will feature up to 20 projects launching in 2020.
Each artist will receive:
A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to
Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors
Promotion and marketing
We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020 in New York City
Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with / concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020
We, Women believes photographs are only the beginning of a creative and socially-minded process. We support work rooted in collaboration, blurring the lines between author, photographed community, and audience. We support a range of artistic and documentary approaches including photography, video, interactive technology, and the use of historical archives.
The first We, Women projects have been selected and we are excited to be working with an incredible group of artists:
Sol Aramendi Annie Flanagan + Ashley Teamer Tonika Johnson Kameelah Janan Rasheed Karen Miranda Rivadeneira
We, Women is not just a grant.
It’s an opportunity to shape a national conversation about how to find common ground on divisive issues through photography and community engagement.
We are building the second group, up to 15 projects, through a call for proposals launching on May 20th and closing on June 30th.
We, Women is a project of United Photo Industries and Women Photograph.
We, Women was co-created by Amy Yenkin, Daniella Zalcman, Danielle Villasana, Emily Schiffer, Laura Roumanos, and Rina Malonzo.
We, Women advisory committee includes Debbie Almontaser (CEO & Founder, Bridging Cultures Group Inc.); Kristina Newman-Scott (President, BRIC); Julian Brave Noisecat (Journalist & Director of Green New Deal Strategy, Data for Progress); Susan Meiselas (President, Magnum Foundation); Veronica Sanchis Bencomo (Photographer & Founder, Foto Féminas); Jovan C. Speller (Program Director, Metro Regional Arts Council; Independent Artist & Curator); Eric Gottesman (Artist, For Freedoms); Quito Ziegler (Professor, School of Visual Arts), Gerlie Collado (Program Director of Community Engagement at The Music Center & Board Member of Visual Communications) and Dee Davis (President, Center for Rural Strategies)
Lead funding for We, Women provided by Open Society Foundations.
Institutional Collaborators for We, Women are Magnum Foundation, For Freedoms and Kickstarter
Community Collaborators for We, Women are Diversify Photo, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, The Everyday Projects, Authority Collective and Natives Photograph.
We, Women prioritizes artists of color and supports individuals from all spectrums of identity, including but not limited to religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socio-economic status. By creating projects that unite and engage communities across the United States, our artists will show how issues are interconnected and how we are all affected by them. Through this radical transformation of image-making—with the goal of contributing to lasting change—We, Women believes we can revolutionize how we see our world and ultimately, ourselves.
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