Santa's Helper from Resort 1 © Anna Fox 2010

Santa's Helper from Resort 1 © Anna Fox 2010, courtesy Schilt Publishing & James Hyman Photography

The Leverhulme Trust Grant, 2017 – 2019

Professor Anna Fox at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham has been awarded a International Network grant from the Leverhulme Trust. The grant will fund Fast Forward 2: an International Network for Women in Photography involving seven partners in six different parts of the globe.
Fast Forward 2 is the first international research networking project for women in photography based in a UK University. The project intends to investigate the significance of remembering not to forget the stories both historical and contemporary of women in photography across the globe. The research is imperative at a time when despite numerous women being educated in photography there are still very few succeeding as photographers today. Each project partner will host a workshop bringing together practitioners, scholars and thinkers from the specific locality and the global fields of both photography and women’s studies.

The aims of the workshops are to: discover hidden histories of women in photography, to explore similarity and difference in issues faced by women working as photographers; to investigate the purpose and rationale for the formation of an international network and what we might do to work together supporting women in photography globally.

The project partners are:

Dillon + Lee Gallery, New York;

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte;

Lagos International Photography Festival;

AKJ Mass Communications Research at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi;

Slade School of Fine Art, at University College London;

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki;

Maria Kapajeva is based at UCA as the Network Facilitator and can be contacted on fastforward@ucreative.ac.uk.

Information about our Steering Committee is here.

News

The second research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at Dillon+Lee Gallery in New York on October 12-13, 2017, hosted by gallerist Diana Lee.

Presentations and open discussions took place over two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. The summaries of presentations (part two) are below.

 

DR. JEAN WAINWRIGHT, Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography and Director of the Fine Art & Photography Research Centre, UCA (UK)

Professor Jean Wainwrights talk concentrated on her international archive of interviews with female artists. Based on extracts from  conversations with women photographers from the last twenty years – she discussed the way that they  articulate their practice, the dynamics of the interview and very different conversations that emerge.

 

ELINA HEIKKA, Director of The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki (Finland)

Women in Photography in Finland – The Gender Issue

Elina Heikka focused on photographers of different generations, Leena Saraste (born 1942), Ulla Jokisalo (born 1955)and Elina Brotherus (born 1972), reflecting their work in the historical context and from gender perspective. How it has been to study and work in photography in Finland as a woman since the 1950´s?

 

ADAMA DELPHINE FAWUNDU, Artist/ Co-Founder and Editor-in Read More

The second research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at Dillon+Lee Gallery in New York on October 12-13, 2017, hosted by gallerist Diana Lee.

Presentations and open discussion took place over the two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. The summaries of presentations (part one) are below.

 

LESLEY MARTIN, Creative Director and Publisher of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation (USA)

Lesley Martin was talking briefly about Aperture, which was founded by 3 women in a collective of 6 individuals and have had strong women behind the scenes ever since in individuals like Nancy Newhall, Carole Kismaric, and Melissa Harris. She spoke a bit about the vigilance required to maintain an inclusive list of books, and about forthcoming projects, including a book and exhibition project in the works on Japanese women photographers from the 1990s.

 

SABEENA GADIHOKE, Professor, Video and Television Production at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (India)

All ‘Dressed Up’:  Costume, Fashion and Identity in the Photographs of Homai Vyarawalla

“India’s first woman press photographer, Vyarawalla was largely known for her press photographs documenting important events and personalities in the 1950s and 1960s. In this speculative Read More

The summary of the first workshop at UFMG (Brazil), PART 2

Gabriela Barreto Lemos. Picture of a cardboard cut-out of a cat made by entangled photons. Vienna, 2014.

The first research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 24th and 25th 2017, hosted by Dr. Patricia Azevedo.

Presentations and open discussion took place over the two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. The summaries of presentations (part two) are below.

 

MAURICIO LISSOVSKY, Visual historian / Screenwriter / Professor at School of Communication, UFRJ (Brazil) 

Mauricio Lissovsky spoke about the “double nature” of women in photography as producers and subjects. He was not simply looking at taste of preferences of women and noted that many of these stories of women photographers are omitted from the main histories of photography. Kodak enabled women and domestic photography was one of the “back doors” that allowed women in to photography. The histories of women on photography in Brazil are quite different to the histories from Europe and the European idea of “The New Woman” did not automatically transfer to Brazil. he discussed the work of Hertha Wambacher, Marietta Blau and Gabriela Barreto Lemos amongst others.

 

RENATA MARQUEZ, Curator / Editor of PISEAGRAMA Magazine, Professor at UFMG (Brazil)

PISEAGRAMA magazine is a biannual Read More

The summary of the first workshop at UFMG (Brazil), PART 1

Rua Direita, São Paulo, SP, c. 1970 /Claudia Andujar / Instituto Moreira Salles Collection

The first research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on July 24th and 25th 2017, hosted by Dr. Patricia Azevedo.

Presentations and open discussion took place over the two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. The summaries of presentations (part one) are below.

 

ROSANGELA RENNÓ, Artist (Brazil)

Rosangela Rennó spoke about how and why her interest in using photography developed in her work. She referred to the difficulties of engaging an audience in the subject matter of her work and how she disturbed many people in the production of her politically sensitive projects that deal with both social and political issues in contemporary Brazilian society. The significance of this presentation was concerned with how Rennó negotiated her way around and inside particular institutions that did not have a history of being interested in the exposure and discussion of issues related to archives, collections and histories. As well the presentation foregrounded Rennó’s persistence in following up the issues that she considers significant to be remembered through the making of her work despite resistance that she frequently encountered. Rennó benefits Read More

The second workshop at Dillon+Lee Gallery, New York / USA

Image: Allison Wade Discontinuities #3, 2016, courtesy of the artist

Announcing the second research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photography, funded by The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant and University for the Creative Arts.

Hosted by:

Dillon + Lee Gallery in New York, US.

on October 12th and 13th 2017.

Working in collaboration with Diana Lee (Dillon + Lee Gallery) Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA, UK), have organized the second research workshop bringing together both significant and early career professionals from the fields of photography, art and gender studies. Presentations and open discussion will take place over the two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. This workshop in New York will be an opportunity for local, national and international participants to exchange knowledge and promote future collaborations. The workshop takes place at the same time as a number of interesting exhibitions concerned with women and photography including Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at The New Museum, NSFW: Female Gaze at The Museum of Sex and King Woman at Pen + Brush Gallery and solo shows such as Carey Young at Paula Cooper and Nathalié Boutté at Yossi Milo creating the opportunity to discover the wealth of photographic culture celebrated Read More

The first workshop at UFMG, Belo Horizonte Brazil

Image: © Marilene Ribeiro (from Luana series - 2008-2012)

Announcing the first research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photography, funded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant

The first in a series of International workshops funded by the Leverhulme Trust International Network and part of the Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography project is hosted by

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

on July 24th and 25th 2017.

Working in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Azevedo (UFMG, Brazil) Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA, UK), have organized the first research workshop bringing together both significant and early career professionals from the fields of photography, art and gender studies. Presentations and open discussion will take place over the two-day workshop around ideas and themes concerned with the work and position of women photographers today. This workshop in Brazil will be an opportunity for local, national and international participants to exchange knowledge and promote future collaborations. The workshop is timed to take place at the same time as FIF-BH International Photography Festival of Belo Horizonte creating the opportunity to discover the wealth of photographic culture in the region.

Fast Forward 2, international network, will be investigating Read More

We are happy to introduce you to our Steering Committee:

Patricia Azevedo

Patricia Azevedo, is a visual artist, graduated in Philosophy from the Université Paris VIII, France, with a Master’s degree in Political Philosophy (“Art and Action in Leon Battista Alberti”) and PhD in Visual Arts (“Games of Distance and Proximity: the construction of dialogic space in performative art” with CAPES Award for research at The Warburg Institute-Archive and LADA-Live Art Development Agency, London, under the co-orientation of Dr. Kiff Bamford, UK) both at the University Federal of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, where she teaches Photography and Performance in the Visual Arts Course. She develops collaborative projects in different media, investigating relations of language, territory and power, working in the public space of the city or the media itself, a work marked by the relationships that are established between people and the communicative act.

She participated in several exhibitions and residences in Brazil and abroad, such as: 21st Experimental Film Festival of Bogotá, Colombia (2017); No Quiet Place, curator Zoe Sawyer, The Tetley Center for Contemporary Art, UK, (2016); Family Album, curator Daniella Geo, Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, BR (2015); 4th Bienalle of Lubumbachi, Curators Toma Muteba Luntumbue Read More