Beacon Gallery Partnering with Resilient Sisterhood Project during PTF

Beacon Gallery is partnering up with Resilient Sisterhood Project, a nonprofit created to inform and empower women of African descent regarding common but rarely discussed diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect them.

RSP and Beacon Gallery will be hosting an informational event on April 27th for anyone interested in learning more about the cause.

RSP Event Invitation

Please join us!

Paul Shiakallis and ‘Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts’

Beacon Gallery is delighted to feature two of Paul Shiakallis’s photographs from ‘Leathered Skins, Unchained Hearts’ in our current Photographing The Female exhibit.

To learn more about this series, check out the following article which goes into great detail about how Shiakallis first got introduced to this subculture.

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It started at a rock concert in Botswana in 2010: South African photographer Paul Shiakallis noticed a group of black men wearing Mad Max-esque cowboy outfits. Heavy metal T-shirts, studded leather jackets and pants, boots with spurs, and cowboy hats. “I thought they were just dressing up for the hell of it,” Paul recalls. But, at a concert a few years later, he encountered them again—and this time, there were women. “I was instantly attracted to them,” he says. “They were menacing, raucous and very unladylike.” By now, the media had already latched onto the country’s metalheads, known as the “Marok” in the Tswana language, broadcasting bizarre images of African men dressed in post-apocalyptic Hells Angels attire. But, Paul wondered, where were the captivating women he had seen?




Beacon Gallery, Photographing The Female & The Resilient Sisterhood Project

We at Beacon Gallery are so excited for the opening of Photographing The Female on April 5th. The chance to showcase photographs and video work by artists from around the world, all documenting the female experience is really exciting, especially as the gallery director is female, as is most of her staff (although not her beloved intern, Josh!)

Oftentimes when selecting shows, gallery director Christine O’Donnell will think about how to include local non-profits and charities in the work she’s doing. Previous shows that have either been completely or partially dedicated to educating the public on humanitarian or non-profit work include:

Our newest partnership is with The Resilient Sisterhood Project, has the following mission:

“to inform and empower women of African descent regarding common but rarely discussed diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect us. We approach these diseases and associated burden through a cultural and social justice lens because we believe that poor knowledge of reproductive health is primarily related to health, race, and socioeconomic disparities.” 

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Photographing The Female has its own unique mission as well. It is a global project and exhibition that explores female identity and representation in photography through the insight of contemporary lens-based artists. Formed to reflect on the diverse state, condition, and role of the female around the world today; it uses the power of photography to start a conversation and inspire new ways of seeing.

The Photographing The Female exhibition brings together the work of empowering voices from all around the world whose photographic practices all explore a contemporary female experience via historically central themes like the body, sense of self, conformity, and stigmatization.

The photographers speak to us from a myriad of vantage points uncovering social and personal realities that challenge perceptions of what it means to be female and forces the viewer to consider the consequences of society’s prescribed roles.


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Photo Credit: Prarthna Singh

Come and visit the exhibition, open from April 5th through June 2nd and experience it for yourself.

Check out the Photographing The Female website too!

Natasha Penaguiao: When Age is Just a Number

From April 5th through June 2nd Beacon Gallery will be showcasing Photographing the Female, an exhibition curated by Sarah Hoilund that has been shown both abroad and now in the United States.

The Photographing the Female website features many interesting interviews and stories that we will also highlight here

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Natasha Penaguiao is a young Danish who photographer who starting shooting her grandmother not knowing that it would evolve into a personal and intimate project around the subject of femininity, age and sexuality. In a society where youth is idealised and put on a pedestal it becomes a determining factor for the modern concept of success. But what happens in the minds of the experienced? Those who have lived decades through different ages and stages of life. What happens to their sexuality, body image and self-perspective? Penaguiao approaches some of these questions in Babuska, an experimental photographic project where her own grandmother takes the lead role in front of the lens confronting the viewer with a subject simultaneously full of complexity, fragility and strength…

To read the rest of this article, click over to Photographing the Female’s interview with Nathasha Penaguiao! 

Maya Kabat’s Artwork

We at Beacon Gallery are lucky enough to have two of Maya Kabat’s pieces as part of the Analog | Digital show.

Here are her two “Time is Asymmetrical” pieces


Here’s what Kabat says of her work:

“My experimental drawings and mixed media works on paper appropriate concepts from a variety of sources: nature, natural laws and patterns, physics, mathematics, metaphysics and computer coding. Interested in the hidden systems, structures and energies we sense (or even know through science) but cannot see, I explore a world where these alternate realities are made visual. What does digital space look like? How do we understand and visualize time that isn’t linear? These questions provide a starting point for exploration and experimentation.

In my series of works about nonlinear time, for instance, I use binary code to reference the alternate reality that is digital space. Imaginary notions of nonlinear time are translated into binary code and stenciled onto paper using a variety of water-based inks. The ink was then dispersed with water and additional layers of text were then added. Each title refers to the text coded into each piece.

For me, investigating the poetics of digital space is very exciting at this particular moment as we as a culture spend so much of our time on computers. I’m a materially oriented, process-based artist. I’m rooted as a maker in the analog world. However, exploring digital space a metaphor for other kinds of space and other realities is very intriguing and continues to inspire new work including this series of drawings put forward here.”

And check out this cool video about Maya and her paintings!

Maya Kabat – Collaboration with the paint from Mark Altenberg on Vimeo.

Kabat’s Website:

Kabat’s Instagram: @mayakabat