We, Women explores crucial issues across the United States through photo-based community engagement projects by women and gender nonconforming artists. We, Women re-frames issues, primarily from the perspective of artists of color, and highlights underrepresented narratives. We, Women is not just a grant: it’s an opportunity to shape a national conversation about problems, solutions, and how to find common ground.
In a country that is witnessing pivotal public protest and civic engagement and feels more divided than ever, We, Women shows the power of artists working in community throughout the U.S. to find common ground and solutions to the most critical problems facing the country today. Through a radical transformation of image-making, We, Women believes we can revolutionize how we see our country and, ultimately, ourselves.
The first phase of this developing project features twenty projects in key states, and a traveling national exhibition starting in 2021. Through photo-based, community engagement projects, the inaugural cohort of We, Women artists examine critical issues ranging from climate change, political participation, and gentrification, to health, migration, and sexuality. Their work highlights the vital role the arts can play in social change movements by visualizing issues, attracting attention, connecting changemakers, and bridging dialogues.
Every urgent issue in America today impacts women. Yet, women and gender nonconforming people are largely disempowered in our political and social systems. Despite decades of advances by trailblazing women, mainstream media has historically shown the country through a white, cisgender male lens. Only through a holistic, inclusive understanding of how imbalanced power structures impact our entire society, can we hope to create a shift in our political and social systems.
Produced in partnership with Photoville and Women Photograph, We, Women is the largest social impact, photo-based art project by women and gender non-conforming artists currently underway across the United States. We, Women was co-founded by Amy Yenkin, Daniella Zalcman, Danielle Villasana, Emily Schiffer, Laura Roumanos, and Rina Malonzo.
Our advisory committee includes: Debbie Almontaser, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Veronica Sanchis Bencomo, Julian Brave Noisecat, Veronica Chambers, Gerlie Collado, Dee Davis, Wendy Ewald, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Eric Gottesman, Elizabeth Hinton, Susan Meiselas, Kristina Newman-Scott, Nina Robinson, Jovan C. Speller, and Quito Ziegler.
Funding for We, Women generously provided by the Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and our many individual donors.