Today Beacon Gallery wants to send you over to Resilient Sisterhood’s Blog! In the United States, April is National Minority Health Month – and RSP has written a great blog post explaining some of the challenges they are working to combat.
Read the start of the article in the image below and click on the image to be brought to the blog to finish it! Please consider donating to this great cause as well!
The New York Times just printed an article on the Bauhaus Movement and some of the great architectural triumphs of the period. We at Beacon Gallery wanted to highlight the fact that some of these were actually the work of The Architect Collaborative, of which Malcolm Montague Davis was a part. He helped to build universities in the Middle East (Baghdad, Beirut) and in Southeast Asia (Yangon), as well as spending time in Rome heading up their office.
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.
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.
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?
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:
“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.”
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.
Come and visit the exhibition, open from April 5th through June 2nd and experience it for yourself.
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 idealisedand 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…