Calendar: WOPHA Congress: Women, Photography, and Feminisms

Event Description

Join the world's first-ever Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) Congress: Women, Photography, and Feminisms at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Connect with worldwide organizations of women photographers, internationally recognized art historians, and preeminent artists to explore the dynamic history and contributions of women photographers from the 19th century to date.

The two-day, in-person and online convening will provide a space for dialogue, celebration, and critical debate about women's contributions to modern and contemporary art, with the aim of rewriting the established artistic canon and provoking social change.

The congress was conceptualized by WOPHA Founder and Director, Latinx art historian, and curator Aldeide Delgado and will take place in-person at PAMM and online.

More than 25 internationally-recognized scholars and artists from around the world will participate in the two-day interactive congress, including Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature at Brown University; Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Co-founder of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora; Elizabeth Ferrer, writer and curator; Anna Fox, Founder of Fast Forward: Women in Photography; Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator of Photography at MoMA; Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Professor Emerita at University of California; Maggie Steber, award-winning documentary photographer; and Deborah Willis, Professor of Photography and Imaging at NYU.

Women, Photography, and Feminisms will bring to center stage the idea of photography as a collaborative practice, addressing topics of feminist aesthetics, decolonization, archives, and curatorial practices. The program will explore, among other narratives and ideas, women photographers' creative discourses, whether photography by women is considered an artistic discipline, an academic discipline, or both, the theoretical paradigms that stimulate current research on women photographers, using the framework of feminism to unsettle a patriarchal construction of history, and how to change institutions and their structures and hierarchies in a fundamental way.

The full congress schedule will be released in September 2021.

Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to research, promote, support, and educate, in partnership with other international organizations, on the role of those who identify as women or non-binary in photography. Having begun as a dynamic database showcasing the unique stories of women-identified Cuban photographers, WOPHA has expanded its geographic scope to include photographers around the globe. The organization is currently documenting the diverse artistic production of Latin American and Latinx communities, including photographers from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and artists of Latin American descent living and working in the United States.

About Aldeide Delgado
Aldeide Delgado is the founder and director of Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA). She is also an art historian and curator who has lectured on photography at the Tate Modern, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), The New School, and California Institute of the Arts. Delgado is a recipient of a 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Award, 2018 School of Art Criticism Fellowship by SAPS-LT, and a 2017 Research and Production of Critic Essay Fellowship by Teor/éTica. Her areas of scholarly interest include a feminist and decolonial re-reading of the history of photography and abstraction from the Latin American, the Caribbean, and Latinx contexts. She is the author of the online archive Catalog of Cuban Women Photographers and is currently working on a related book, which collates, for the first time, the works of Cuban women photographers from the 19th century to the present. She frequently contributes to international publications, including Artishock, Terremoto, and C& América Latina. She is an active member of PAMM's International Women's Committee, IKT International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, US Latinx Art Forum, and Art Table.