Paola Jiménez Quispe. Rules for Fighting (Reglas para pelear), 2019. © Paola Jiménez Quispe. Courtesy of the artist.

Layla Sailor. Rnan, Wuhan, 2018. © Layla Sailor. Courtesy of the artist.

Maryam Khastoo. The Barberry Fields of Birjand. © Maryam Khastoo. Courtesy of the artist.

*Image Skewed: Bailey Quinlan. Yvonne, 2020. © Bailey Quinlan. Courtesy of the artist.

Female in Focus exhibition at the WOPHA Congress in Miami

WOPHA / 10.07.2021

Exhibition: Female in Focus

Curators: Aldeide Delgado & Héloise Winstone

On view: November 18, 2021 – January 18, 2022

Opening: Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 7pm-10pm

Location: Green Space Miami (7200 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, 33138)

WOPHA, in collaboration with 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography, presents the winners of the Female in Focus award, launched in 2019 in response to the staggering gender imbalance in photography. The exhibition will take place in Miami for the first time at the new Green Space Miami and in UK later this year. It is part of a program of city-wide photography exhibitions, artist residencies, and studio visits held in tandem with the WOPHA Congress in partnership with leading Miami-based and international arts and photography organizations.

The WOPHA Congress invites women photography organizations from around the world to participate alongside acclaimed art historians, curators, and preeminent women photographers on the topics of women, photography, and feminisms. It provides recognition, professional opportunities and fosters collaboration while establishing Miami as a center for modern and contemporary photography. 

From Imogen Freeland’s poignant take on motherhood to Marzena Han’s look at the social invisibility felt by middle-aged women — Paola Vivas’ defiant portrait of Latino identity to Thandiwe Muriu’s vibrant celebration of African individuality — Female in Focus 2021 weaves a raw and intricate tapestry of women’s experiences from around the world. The winners were selected by an internationally esteemed panel of judges including Aldeide Delgado, Founder & Director of WOPHA; Joanna Milter, Director of photography for The New Yorker; Anahita Ghabaian-Etehadieh, Founder and Director of Silk Road Gallery; Adama Delphine Fawundu, Visual Artist & Co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora; Emmeline Yong, Co-founder and Centre Director of Objectifs; Holly Fraser, Editor-in-chief of WePresent/WeTransfer; Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director, QUAD & Director, FORMAT International Photography Festival Derby; Anna Fox, Photographer and Director of Fast Forward: Women in Photography; and Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Featured Artists

Jodie Bateman, Imogen Freeland, Natalia Garcia, Marzena Hans, Paola Jiménez Quispe, Maryam Khastoo, Yushi Li, Thandiwe Muriu, Joanna Musial, Orna Naor, P. Wamaitha Ng’ang’a, Stephanie Noritz, Bailey Quinlain, Anouchka Renaud Eck, Layla Sailor, Kali Spitzer, Lebo Thoka, Annie Tobin, Teri Varhol, Paola Vivas, and Virginia Woods-Jack.

The exhibition is sponsored by MPB, the world’s largest online platform for used photo and video kit.

Female in Focus in Miami is made possible thanks to the support from Green Family Foundation, Green Space Miami, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

1854 Media is an award-winning digital media organization with a global audience of photographers, arts lovers and industry experts. At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854. It manifests in a monthly publication that takes an international perspective on contemporary photography, focusing on fine art and documentary, and the cutting edge of editorial and commercial practices. It has also created internationally renowned photography awards – including OpenWallsPortrait of Britain™, Female in FocusBJP International Photography Award, and Portrait of Humanity™ all of which aim to discover and promote new talent. Academy 1854 is a brand new online learning community for photographers and industry professionals to connect, earn and learn. Our visual content agency, Studio 1854, helps brands use the power of photography and video to cultivate and engage larger audiences, by leveraging our relationships with the world’s top photographic influencers and our understanding of the visual content that engages them.

Green Space Miami is the Green Family Foundation’s new art space. Guided by the Foundation’s principles of inclusion, community empowerment and education. Green Space Miami centers marginalized stories at the intersections of lived experience, hosted in a space for dialogue. Green Space Miami’s mission is to be a catalyst for action around critical social issues, collaborating with community partners and educational institutions.

MPB transforms the way that people buy, sell and trade in photo and video kit. The world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro. Founded by Matt Barker in 2011, MPB has always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable and helping to visualize a more sustainable future. We recirculate more than 300,000 items of used kit every year, extending the life and creative potential of photo and video equipment for creators around the world. Headquartered in the creative communities of Brighton, Brooklyn and Berlin, the MPB team includes trained camera experts and seasoned photographers and videographers who bring their passion to work every day to deliver outstanding service. Every piece of kit is inspected carefully by our product specialists and comes with a six-month warranty to give our customers peace of mind that buying used doesn’t mean sacrificing reliability.

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