Born out of frustration over the country’s deep political divisions across issues of economics, race, gender, and beyond, We, Women fosters action and dialogue. Our artists create images collaboratively, visualize underrepresented experiences, and amplify existing grassroots organizing around our country’s most pressing issues.
As one sweeping narrative, this traveling exhibition, The Power of We, maps shared experiences across geography and demographics. Collectively, these projects demonstrate that we as individuals and as communities can envision a different future for this country: to unleash the power of “we.”
This Education Resource Guide accompanies The Power of We: a national touring exhibition of the We, Women project launching July 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City. You might use this guide as an introduction to the exhibition, as a follow-up to your visit, or as a virtual way to experience the work of these artists.
The introductory questions invite you to think more deeply about collaboration and community — core values that weave throughout the We, Women exhibition. Using the Artist Resource Guide Index, you can dive into each of the 19 We, Women projects created by 23 artists across the United States. Individual artist pages include project descriptions, artist bios, guiding questions, and more. All of the content in this guide can also be accessed below, where you’ll also find video interviews with each We, Women artist, in which they speak about their projects, processes, and practices. We hope that these materials enhance your experience of this work and prompt meaningful questions and new understandings.
Historically, photography has focused on a single author and given this person (the photographer) a great amount of power. It’s been common practice that a photographer finds the “subject” and creates an image, thereby determining the meaning and value of the person, issue, or place in the picture. These images then categorize and control narratives — and communities. But are there unintended — or intended — consequences?
We, Women asks: What if we chose to photograph differently? Who is the person making the image and what is their relationship to what is pictured? What if authorship and power were shared? What if images were co-created and shaped by communities who appear in them?
This working definition is a collection of responses from the We, Women artists and founders. Where and how do these show up in each of the projects?
Represented within these projects are many different social issues and a variety of creative strategies to address them. Pay attention to both the issues and the strategies and how they may connect to your work and your community.
Annie Flanagan and Ashley Teamer, Arin Yoon, Bethany Mollenkof, Cinthya Santos Briones, Deborah Espinosa, Ericka Jones-Craven, Anita Pouchard Serra, Koral Carballo & Jessica Ávalos, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, Katie Basile, Mayela Rodriguez, Muna Malik, Rosem Morton, Rowan Renee, Sol Aramendi, Stacy Kranitz, Tailyr Irvine, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Willow Naomi Curry & Tiffany Smith
Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation