Preeminent art historians and artists will convene for the first time at the inaugural WOPHA Congress

WOPHA / 10.04.2021

WOPHA and PAMM announce the participation of 50 internationally-recognized artists, curators, scholars, and educators from around the world alongside 40 worldwide collectives and organizations of women and non-binary photographers in the WOPHA Congress, the first two-day public convening of its kind. Titled Women, Photography, and Feminisms, the WOPHA Congress, which is free and open to all, will cast the spotlight on women’s contributions to modern and contemporary art and the camera as a tool of individual and collective emancipation. It will take place at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on November 18 – 19, 2021 with several activations across the city. 

Conceptualized by WOPHA Founder and Director, Latinx art historian, and curator Aldeide Delgadoas a space that will render women photographers visible while advancing critical debate about modern and contemporary photography by women and non-binary practitioners,” the WOPHA Congress will bring to center stage the idea of photography as a collaborative practice, addressing topics of feminist aesthetics, the decolonization of archives, and curatorial strategies. The program will present seminal and emerging research about women photographers’ work and changes to institutions and their structures and hierarchies in a fundamental way.

WOPHA Congress participants include:

  1. Mane Adaro (based in Santiago, Chile), Art researcher and curator.
  2. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (based in New York), Documentary photographer and Co-founder of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
  3. Grace Aneiza Ali (based in Tallahassee), Assistant Professor in the Departments of Art and Art History at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Curator-at-Large for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York.
  4. Arantza Aramburu-Hamel (based in Paris), Co-director of International Women in Photo Association (IWPA).
  5. Ariella Aïsha Azoulay (based in Providence), Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature, Brown University, film essayist, and curator of archives and exhibitions.
  6. Vanessa Charlot (based in Miami), Documentary photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, and curator.
  7. Abby Chen (based in San Francisco), Senior Associate Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at Asian Art Museum.
  8. Karen Cordero Reiman (based in Mexico City), Independent art historian and curator.
  9. Maya Dagnino (based in Paris), Artist, Ibeyi.
  10. Aldeide Delgado (based in Miami), WOPHA Founder & Director.
  11. Adama Delphine Fawundu (based in New York), WOPHA artist-in-residence and Co-founder of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora.
  12. Lesly Deschler Canossi (based in New York), Co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution.
  13. Heather Diack, Ph.D. (based in Miami), Associate Professor of Art History, University of Miami (UM).
  14. Lisa-Kaindé Diaz (based in Paris), Artist, Ibeyi.
  15. Naomi Diaz (based in Paris), Artist, Ibeyi.
  16. Catherine D’Ignazio (based in Cambridge), Scholar, artist, designer, hacker mama. Assistant Professor of Urban Science and Planning at MIT. Director of the Data + Feminism Lab.
  17. Angeles Donoso Macaya (based in New York), Educator, researcher, organizer, professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
  18. Deborah Dorotinsky (based in Mexico City), Researcher at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  19. ​​Cristina Favretto (based in Miami), Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami Libraries.
  20. Elizabeth Ferrer (based in New York), Writer, curator, and Vice President Contemporary Art at BRIC.
  21. Anna Fox (based in Farnham, UK), Founder of Fast Forward: Women in Photography.
  22. Nereida Garcia Ferraz (based in Miami), Artist
  23. Laura González-Flores, Ph.D. (based in Mexico City), Senior Researcher at the Institute of Aesthetic Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
  24. Nadia Huggins (based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines),
  25. Ates Isildak (based in West Palm Beach), Artist.
  26. Charlotte Jansen (based in London), Author and journalist.
  27. Whitney Johnson (based in Washington, DC), Vice President of Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic Partners.
  28. Amelia Jones (based in Los Angeles), Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research, Roski School of Art & Design, University of Southern California (USC).
  29. Maria Kapajeva (based in Tallinn and London),
  30. Kia LaBeija (based in New York), Artist.
  31. Simone Lagrand (based in Martinique), Artist and poet.
  32. Luce Lebart (based in Paris), Photography historian, curator, researcher, and French Correspondent for the Archive of Modern Conflict.
  33. Miguel Lopez (based in Lima), Writer, researcher, and curator.
  34. Zoraida Lopez-Diago (based in New York), Co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution.
  35. Roxana Marcoci (based in New York), Senior Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
  36. Maria Martinez Cañas (based in Miami), Artist.
  37. Shoair Mavlian (based in London), Director of Photoworks.
  38. Andrea Nelson, Ph.D. (based in Washington, DC), Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, The National Gallery of Art.
  39. Laure Parise (based in Paris), Co-director of International Women in Photo Association (IWPA)
  40. Alpesh K. Patel, Ph.D. (based in Philadelphia), Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University.
  41. Claire Raymond (based in Portland, Maine), Visiting Research Collaborator, Princeton University English Department.
  42. Marie Robert (based in Paris), Chief Curator of Photography at Musée d’Orsay.
  43. Veronica Sanchis Bencomo (based in New York), Photographer and Founder of Foto Féminas.
  44. Ileana L. Selejan, Ph.D. (based in London), Research Fellow and Lecturer, UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, Central Saint Martins.
  45. William J. Simmons (based in Los Angeles), Art critic, curator, historian, and poet.
  46. Abigail Solomon-Godeau (based in Paris), Professor Emerita, Department of Art History at University of California.
  47. Maggie Steber (based in Miami), Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Photographer.
  48. Eugenia Vargas Pereira (based in Tucson), Artist.
  49. Deborah Willis, Ph.D. (based in New York), Artist, Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
  50. Daniella Zalcman (based in New York), Photographer and Founder of Women Photograph.

The WOPHA Congress aims to establish Miami as an international center and meeting place for modern and contemporary photography. A program of city-wide photography exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, and studio visits will accompany the Congress in partnership with leading Miami-based and international arts and photography organizations.

Register now for the WOPHA Congress: 

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Health and Safety

The health and safety of WOPHA Congress attendees remain a priority. The organization is monitoring and will follow CDC, state, and local guidance and requirements. 

The WOPHA Congress is made possible by co-presenters Women Photographers International Archive and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), with lead project support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and official hotel partner, JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Major support is provided by Arts Connection Foundation, Green Family Foundation, María C. Bechily, Miami Downtown Development Authority, One Sotheby’s International Realty, and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation. Programs are made possible with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Support was also provided by Beth Rudin DeWoody, Cindy and Robert Friezo Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Duvin Collaborative, Hotel Beaux Arts Miami and Boulud Sud Miami, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Leica Store Miami, the Law Office of Maya Ibars, Esq., and Oolite Arts. Cultural partners include 1854 Media – publishers of the British Journal of Photography, Lucie Foundation, El Espacio 23, Faena Art, Green Space Miami, Rubell Museum, and The Betsy Hotel. Media partners include Artishock Revista, Contemporary And, Cultured Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, and Photoworks UK.

The WOPHA Congress is an initiative presented in association with the Feminist Art Coalition.

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