“Women’s bodies alter spaces; women’s bodies carry narratives that force us to come to grips with how we function within a patriarchal society.”

—Sybil R. Williams, Professor of Performing Arts, American University


Photography can act as an agent of change, simultaneously reflecting society’s traditional roles and circumventing expectations. In the nineteenth century, male photographers featured the female in the landscape as an object or an allegory of sexuality or Mother Nature—something to be gazed upon—rather than an active force. Ellie Davies, Susi Brister, Christa Blackwood, Jennifer Crane, Naima Green, and Laura Plageman use traditional techniques, which reference this history, as a foundation for their work as they insert their new perspectives into the genre. Through self-representation, whether symbolic or through self-portraits, the artists in this exhibition firmly plant themselves in this new, yet familiar cultural landscape.

Related Programming:

Opening Reception: Her Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground and PictureThis!
The Darkroom Social
Zine Workshop with Zinefest Houston

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the Eleanor & Frank Freed Foundation, the Anne Levy Fund, and Madeline Yale Preston & Craig Preston

On view

March 3–May 7, 2017

Opening Reception

Friday, March 3, 5:30pm–8pm
Artists remarks begin at 6pm