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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Museum launches online photographic exhibit

The International Museum of Women launched today a global photography show: Picturing Power & Potential: A Project of Economica. It is a juried exhibition featuring 50 photographic works by artists across the globe. The exhibit is open online at and will also be on display at San Francisco City Hall today through – Aug. 27. More than 50 works by artists across the globe celebrate women as economic participants and agents of change.

Picturing Power & Potential is a project of Economica: Women and the Global Economy, an extensive and multi-faceted online exhibition presented by IMOW.

The jury reviewed works by 150 artists who responded to an international call for submissions. In the end twenty artists were selected: six artists from the Bay Area, four additional US artists, and artists from Japan, Kenya, Brazil, The Netherlands, China, India, Iran and Canada. The subject matter ranges from teen community leaders in Richmond, CA to entrepreneurs in Ghana, from opera singers in Brazil to seaweed farmers in Zanzibar.

“These photographs speak to the breadth of experience women have as participants in the global economy,” said IMOW Executive Director, Clare Winterton. “The exhibition shows that women are making incredible strides as powerful, economic change-agents, but that there are still significant challenges to be faced and more potential for growth than ever before.”

SFAC Gallery Director Meg Shiffler says, “This partnership has yielded one of the most diverse and stunning photo exhibitions we’ve ever created for City Hall. The artists have invested in their various subject matters and emerged with images that both inspire and take your breath away.”
Picturing Power & Potential is the first in a series of projects powered by IMOW’s current global online exhibition, Economica: Women and the Global Economy.
Economica showcases women’s diverse roles as economic change-agents, entrepreneurs, business leaders, caregivers, workers and investors, and offers vibrant photo slideshows, podcasts from leading activists and thinkers, museum curated content, and community submitted artwork.
Artists: Anne Hamersky (USA), Ariko Inaoka (Japan), Alex Kamweru (Kenya), Brenda Paik Sunoo (USA), Dana Whitaker (USA), Elizabeth Colton (USA), Isabela Senatore (Brazil), Jennifer Samuel (USA), Joanna Lipper (USA), Margaret Silverman (USA), Mark Tuschman (USA), Mathilde Jansen (The Netherlands), Mehran Afshar Naderi (Iran), Michelle McCarron (USA), Miranda Mimi Kuo-Deemer (China), Pattabi Raman (India), Rocio Russo (USA), Samyukta Lakshmi (India), Sanaz Mazinani (Canada), and Selvaprakash Lakshmanan (India)
Jurors: Catherine King (IMOW), Jasmina Bojic (United Nations Association Film Festival), Linda Connor (Artist/Curator/Educator), Meg Shiffler (SFAC Gallery)

The International Museum of Women – bills itself as a social change museum that aims to inspires global action, connect people across borders and transform hearts and minds. As a virtual museum, they use technology and multimedia presentations to inspire and connect a global audience.

PHOTOS ABOVE (FROM LEFT) Capitol of Hope by Mark Tuschman; Working for Just Salt by Selvaprakash Lakshmanan (black and white); and Seaweed farmers by Joanna Lipper.


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