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 fourth research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at The Finnish Museum of Photography on May 14 – 15, 2018, hosted by Elina Heikka, Director of the Museum.

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.

 

Sofia Lahti (Curator, Collections, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland)

Social Media Diaries – collecting social photography together

“I will present one of the case studies in our ongoing Collecting Social Photo project, in this case focusing on the social media photo sharing practices of two young Finnish women. Both are active instagrammers, but with two different approaches to the medium”.

 

Patricia Azevedo (Artist / Curator of FIF BH/ Professor in the Visual Arts, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)

PICK-ME-UP: collaboration and networks

Patricia Azevedo talked about a flexible practice that occurs when the artists are geographically distant or when they are together, taking advantage of these spatial situations as triggers to develop a kind of “conversation” that updates a common territory, that goes “between” the differences put to talk,  composing a dialogical and performative Read More

The fourth research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at The Finnish Museum of Photography on May 14 – 15, 2018, hosted by Elina Heikka, Director of the Museum.

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.

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor in Exhibition Studies and Spatiality at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland)

Feminist curating: Women curating women?

What do we talk about when we talk about feminist curating? Is it talking or acting? Rastenberger observes some of recent practices of feminist curating and reminds herself of a job to be done — of a need to move forward until an equal (photographic art) world is reached. 

 

Charlotte Langhorst (Assistant Director and Curator, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria)

Time Has Gone. A female version of LagosPhoto Festival, 2018

Since 2010 the annual LagosPhoto Festival has been establishing a community for contemporary photography, which unites local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa. The festival has become an unique platform in the region. This year’s edition Read More

The fourth research workshop at The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki / Finland

Miia Autio: Variation of White, 2016. Collection of The Finnish Museum of Photography

Announcing the fourth research workshop Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography, funded by The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant and University for the Creative Arts.

Hosted by:

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland.

on May 14 – 15, 2018

Elina Heikka at the Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA, UK), have organized the fourth research workshop for the Fast Forward 2 International Networks project. This next workshop, at this key international photography museum, includes significant and early career professionals from the fields of photography, art, curation, education and gender studies to discuss new perspectives on women in photography, the education system and curatorial perspectives.

Invited guests and presenters will discuss new developments and share information valuable for future projects with the aim of advocating for women photographers to have a stronger position in the world of photography.

The Finnish Museum of Photography will be hosting the TransEurope portfolio reviews straight after the workshop and workshop participants will have the opportunity to see new work from across Europe as well as expand their networks with invited portfolio reviewers.

The third research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia islamia in New Delhi on February 27-28, 2018, hosted by Professor Sabeen Gadihoke.

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.

AZADEH AKHLAGHI (Artist, Iran)

Iranian women’s struggle for democracy during the 21st century

Spoke about her work and how she uses constructed imagery to make comment on Iranian life. The work is a response to the violence that has grown out of political difference. Azadeh deals with the history of this political violence dating back to 1906, constitutional Revolution of Iran. She reconstructs the scenes of political murders using actors, camera and lighting technicians. Each image is based on a long research process of excavation of stories behind the scenes of each image s. She went on to speak about The Mother of Tabriz, a large scale, highly detailed work made with hundreds of actors and depicting a shocking historical story – the invasion of Tabriz in 1911 – the Russians invading Read More

The third research workshop Fast Forward2: Women in Photographyfunded with The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant, took place at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia islamia in New Delhi on February 27-28, 2018, hosted by Professor Sabeen Gadihoke.

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.

VAL WILLIAMS (Professor, UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre, UK)

Supporting Women’s Photography through Writing and Curatorship

Val Williams spoke about a history of her working practice as a curator of photography. She started by introducing Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) based at University for the Arts London (UAL) where she is the Director and noted that for the last 5 years all of their exhibitions have included a minimum of 50% women. She went on to talk about Impressions Gallery (The UK’s second independent photography galleries and now one of the most significant in Europe) which she started with Andy Sproxton in the 1970’s.  Many of the exhibitions there were men and this is what led Val to do her first book The Other Observers; Women in Photography Read More

The third workshop at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi / India

Indu Antony. Quick Gun Murugan, ManiFest, 2012

Announcing the third  research workshop Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography, funded by The Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant and University for the Creative Arts.

Hosted by:

The AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi / India

on February 27-28, 2018. 

Dr Sabeena Gadihoke at the AJK Mass Media Research Centre in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA, UK), have organized the third research workshop for the Fast Forward 2 International Networks project. This next workshop, in the centre of New Delhi, includes significant and early career professionals from the fields of photography, art, education and gender studies to discuss the current position for women in photography as well as to look at histories that may have been neglected.

The workshop is timed to happen at the same time as a number of key exhibitions including Acts of Appearance by Gauri Gill at Nature Morte, The City, Janos-faced by Anoli Perera’s at Shrine Empire Gallery and a group exhibition Mutations: Indo-French Image Encounters, curated by Rahaab Allana & François Cheval at 24 Jor Bagh. Invited guests and presenters will share new knowledge and discuss future projects to enhance and develop the position of 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 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 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 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