Past as Present: Capturing and Archiving the Female Experience - Write Around the Corner at the Reed Gallery

Facilitator: Diane Debevec

  • Date: 11-18-2018
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Tuition: $35.00
  • Open to: All Genders 18+

Women Writing for (a) Change is excited to partner with UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning as part of our Write Around the Corner - Original Series.  Past as Present:  Capturing and Archiving the Female Experience is an exhibit comprised of contemporary photographs and a film of and by women. It highlights Ohio-based, nationally-known artists Lorena Molina, Carmen Winant and Gina Osterloh, placing their artwork in context with artworks by Marina Abramovic, Tania Bruguera, and Annie Sprinkle. The exhibition addresses how women both contribute to and are undermined by our socio-cultural circumstances. 

Together we will view the photographs and film. Offering a variety of prompts, we will take time to write about the art, the feelings evoked, and insights gained. In a safe, confidential space we will share our writing, and facilitate a discussion about the experience.

Please join us for this engaging program that will open your eyes and your senses!

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FROM University of Cincinnati

Image from Building a Home Out of Dirt

Lorena Molina, Building a Home Out of Dirt, video with sound,
7 mins., 50 secs., 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Description:

Past as Present: Capturing and Archiving the Female Experience is comprised of contemporary photographs and a film of and by women. It will highlight Ohio-based, nationally-known artists Lorena Molina, Carmen Winant and Gina Osterloh, placing their artwork in context with artworks by Marina Abramovic, Tania Bruguera, and Annie Sprinkle. The exhibition addresses how women both contribute to and are undermined by our socio-cultural circumstances.  During the time that Past is Present is on view, Reed Gallery will be simultaneously an exhibition gallery, a reading room and a community gathering area.

The photographs and film presented in Past as Present document performative actions by female artists. All of the performances convey the artists' relationships with the world around them; when experienced as a group they speak of the power of women to a collective voice and action. The photographs transcend documentation and self-portraiture, but also gain strength from those traditions. In this respect, the exhibition questions received history and proposes the possibility of creating history through socially-engaged performance and its resulting images. (The recreation of history is one of the thematic threads of "Open Archive.") Six artists are featured: three with very recent work provided by the artists, and three with photographs that predate 2010 from the collection of Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell. These earlier works by Marina Abramovic (b. 1946, Belgrade, Serbia), Tania Bruguera (b. 1968 Havana, Cuba), Annie Sprinkle (b. 1954, Philadelphia, PA, USA), create a focused, recent historical context for the more recent ones by Lorena Molina (b. 1985, San Salvador, El Salvador), Gina Osterloh (b. 1973, San Antonio, Texas, USA), and Carmen Winant (b. 1983, San Francisco, CA, USA).

Exhibition sponsored by FotoFocus.

Location & Special Instructions

University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Reed Gallery (Fifth Floor)
5470 Aronoff Center (off McMillan Ave.)
Cincinnati, OH 45221

From Martin Luther King Dr. turn right onto Clifton Ave. towards McMillan Ave. (DAAP will be on left). Street and garage parking are available (garage accepts cash or credit upon exit). Gallery is on the fifth floor.