Stills and Glasgow Women's Library
Beyond the Selfie was a summer course exploring ways in which photography can disrupt traditional representations of women in print media, television and film using self-portraiture, photographic collage and text.
Inspired by Stills' Jo Spence exhibition the group from Young Saheliya were led by artist Morwenna Kearsley and looked at the work of a range of artists including Maud Sulter, Carrie Mae Weems and Gillian Wearing. Using DSLRs, found imagery and analogue film, the group produced a portfolio of intriguing images of themselves and of each other.
Beyond the Selfie formed part of a wider project, Every Woman Super Woman, carried out by the girls in the Summer of 2016 working with Stills, Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman the girls participated in workshops on creative writing, blogging and female representation in the media. The Young Saheliya girls are designing and printing their own zine at Out of the Blueprint to be launched alongside an Edinburgh exhibition of Beyond the Selfie.
Beyond the Selfie
Glasgow Womens Library, Thursday 8th - Friday 16th September 2016
This exhibition of portraits, created by the group explores self-expression through photography. Inspired by an exhibition of Jo Spence’s work at Still’s Gallery in Edinburgh, the group created characters to tell their own stories, drawing from personal experience, role models and fictional personalities.
Every Woman Super Woman
Art and Design Library, Central Library, George IV Bridge, 2nd - 31st December 2016
The exhibition celebrates a summer of creative workshops inspired by Ciara Phillips Every Woman commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and the Jo Spence exhibition at Stills. Also working with Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre workshops included photography, creative writing, blogging and female representation in the media.
The exhibition of portraits, explores self-expression through photography. Inspired by Jo Spence’s work, the group created characters to tell their own stories, drawing from personal experience, role models and fictional personalities. Alongside the photography we are launching the zine Every Woman Super Woman designed and printed by the women at Out of the Blueprint
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Comments from the exhibition book.
"Such an empowering and skilled show! A privilege to see!"
"One of the best photography exhibitions I have ever seen. Very inspiring! Loved the interviews"
"Impressive! The pictures speak for themselves but at the same time raises so many questions. Very powerful women!"