Bug Out Bag on Lenscratch
Seismic Shift: Confronting Catastrophe opening 11/11
On December 1st I participated in Office Hours at the Main Museum. Allison Agsten chose the photo Carole Caroompas as Laskarina Bouboulina to share the wall and on the 8th she threw a party! We had a great time as you can see in these photos by Simeon Soffer.
Resurrecting Matilda is a collaborative project by Los Angeles artists Mary Anna Pomonis and Allison Stewart. Inspired by the stories left out of state adopted textbook curriculum. The Resurrecting Matilda series focuses on the historical erasure of women. The phenomenon was named for the women’s-rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, “The Matilda Effect” and refers to the erasure of female scientists who have been left out of textbooks and their accomplishments accredited to their male peers. The photographs explore the timeline of female historical erasures from the Sumerian poet Enheduanna, the world’s first recorded author, to to Laskarina Bouboulina, the first female Navy admiral in history.
The female artist participants were asked to identify a heroine they could embody in a portrait re-enactment photo. A special focus was placed on women the artists felt were left out of the historical metanarrative. The artists collaborated to create the costumes and poses exhibited in the series. The artists thus far have chosen widely from a diversity of cultures.
One of the highlights of 2015 was to be included in this powerful show curated by Todd Tubutis. Pete Brook gets to the heart of Conflict and Consequences in his thoughtful review.
Here is an excerpt...
The Houston Center for Photography supports photographers in so many ways. Their fellowships provide photographers with financial support and a platform for their work. Maggie Blanchard, director of Twin Palms Publishing in Santa Fe, was their esteemed juror this year and she awarded me an honorable mention. I am truly and deeply honored.
"You can tell a lot about a person by what he’s stuffed into his bug-out bag for the natural disaster everyone knows is coming but few want to think about."
Alyssa Coppelman from Wired.com interviewed me about my Bug Out Bag project and the article came out on Monday. You can read the whole article by clicking on the image below.
I'm so happy to be participating in Torrance Art Museum's fundraiser on September 12, 2015. 300 artists have contributed artwork, a true testament to how much we appreciate the support and vision of the TAM and it's fearless leader Max Presneill!