About the exhibition

This is an ongoing research project in progress that will culminate in an exhibition in the James Gallery in Winter 2023-24.

How many waves will it take? Women continue to persevere around the world in situations of extreme and growing inequality. Infrastructures of society keep women’s contributions and labor invisible. In particular, although cities are designed for physical inhabitation and mark the historical contributions of its people, the public sphere has not been made with women’s safety and contributions in mind. Furthermore virtual public spaces are also assaulting young women’s health and safety.

This series supports artists to make projects that imagine ways for women to visibly take up the space they are already producing. What might a city honoring women’s lived experience look like? How can the city be a visual and spatial record, a living archive of women’s accomplishments in a vocabulary that has not been recognized in the dominant discourse? The project will support investigations of how women have grappled with problems through everyday practices of mutuality, unheroic gestures, and intergenerational mentoring.

These projects will take myriad forms ranging from public window projects, posters, public gatherings, samizdat/zines, talking circles and mentoring exchanges, inspiration swap meets, crafting, conversations/interviews with public figures, speculative designs, new street names, historical research, making archives public, oral histories/ethnographies, social media interventions.

This multi-year project is an artistic-curatorial partnership of Dina Weiss (James Gallery artist in residence); Katherine Carl, James Gallery; and Jodi Wayneberg, AAI/Cuchifritos.

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