Image: Xiao Lu, Chinese, b. 1962. Panel #3 from the series Fifteen Shots: 1989–2003, A/P, from the series Fifteen Shots: 1989-2003, 2006. Platinum print, 64 x 28 1/4 in (162.6 x 71.8 cm). Museum purchase with funds from an anonymous donor, 2007.2.1. © Xiao Lu
Interns: Charlotte Cooney, Cori Doyle, Charles Flynn, Caitlin Green, Logan Miller, Emily Monaghan, Abigail Staub, Susannah Townes, Franklin Xue, Phoebe Yang, Ziyi (Sophie) Zhang
OF WOMEN BY WOMEN is an exploration of the power inherent in the act of taking a photograph, how that power is distributed between the subject and the photographer, and how gender often informs that balance. Organized from The Fralin’s permanent collection, this exhibition consists entirely of photographs taken by women with women subjects; these women vary in age, race, nationality, status, and expression.
While aiming for diversity, this exhibition also hopes to highlight that many women’s voices and experiences are often underrepresented or altogether missing from museums and fine art in general. Photographs are powerful, and have the ability to either objectify or give agency to their subjects. OF WOMEN BY WOMEN looks at how and why this divide occurs, and how this dichotomy can be impacted by the genders of the individuals both in front of and behind the camera.
The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.