The second research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photography, funded 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?
MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora: is bi-annual journal committed to establishing and representing a collective voice of women photographers of African descent. The inaugural issue of Mfon features 100 women photographers across the Diaspora. Our talk, during Fast Forward’s New York City presentation focused on the diverse range of photographers included within women photographers of the African diaspora. These women vary in genre, location, subject matter and approach to making work. It was quite interesting to see that quite a few of the women that Fawundu spoke about use commercial photography to support their art practice as photographers.
NONA FAUSTINE SIMMONS, Artist (USA)
Nona Faustine’s work in The White Shoes and Monument series.
JESS CHUN, Artist (USA)
Jesse Chun presented her art practice to explore the intersection of conceptual approaches in digital art, and issues of identity.
CAREY YOUNG, Artist (UK)
What he was thinking?
‘What was he thinking?’ – London-based artist Carey Young gave an introduction to her lens-based work, including works currently on show in her solo show at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York such as the video Palais de Justice (2017) and the Before the Law series (2017), both of which explore the complex relations between law, lenses, gender and ideas of framing or being framed.
QIANA MESTRICH, Artist (USA)
Giving Away Our Secrets
A presentation of seven contemporary women photographers of color who have recorded and reimagined their own family (his)stories, willingly displaying what most keep private. These intimate works do not singularly define their visions but are instead the foundations for creative social critique.
KAREN KNORR, Artist / Professor of Photography, UCA (UK)
Survival in the Art Market and Living to tell the Tale.
Karen Knorr’s talked about how she survived the volatility of the photography art market over 30 years: from her first solo exhibition in Paris in 1980 to her solo exhibition sin London in Tate Britain in 2014 and her most recent exhibitions at Danziger and Jackson Fine Art.
Crystal Flowers: living with Florine Stettheimer
Allison Wade discussed her project Crystal Flowers, which delves into the metaphysical world by channeling and using shamanic communication with the spirit of Florine Stettheimer and her family. Working with artists whose work echo Florine’s ethos, Crystal Flowers will host bi-monthly exhibitions, dinners, and salon gatherings that foster conversation and conjure the spirit of what occurred in the space 100 years ago.
LOLA FLASH, Artist (USA)
Lola Flash spoke to the beauty of marginalized people and the ways that stereotypes can often be tragic using samples from her own work.
The other participants of the workshop who haven’t presented but fully contributed to the discussions:
Susan Collins, Artist / Professor of Fine Art / Head of Slade School of Fine Art at UCL (UK);
Anna Fox, Photographer / Professor of Photography at UCA (UK);
Diana Seo Hyung Lee, Co-director of Dillon + Lee Gallery (USA).