A women’s advocacy art collective has taken over the Annenberg Space for Photography’s 5,000 square foot Skylight Studios for an exhibition of 50 young, female-identifying photographers from around the world. #girlgaze: a frame of mind is a never-before-seen collection of 150 photographs that illustrate a diverse range of female perspectives while exploring themes of sexuality, objectification, body image, mental illness, and addiction. The show also includes a section of groundbreaking female photographers like Imogen Cunningham and Dorothea Lange.
Cindy Kennard, the Executive Director at the Annenberg Foundation, says “#girlgaze: a frame of mind will allow us to program vibrant discussions that look at the world from a different perspective, engaging with complicated themes of identity, beauty, sexuality and culture in a manner sure to resonate with audiences of all ages and from all walks of life.”
The show gets its name from the collective that curated the show. #girlgaze is an organization of artists started by English photographer and television host Amanda de Cadenet for the purposes of what the collective describes as “visibility, opportunity and support to the next generation of female photographers and artists.” In addition to curating and exhibiting works, the collective provides a slew of other services in support of their artist roster, from providing grants to securing jobs. Not to mention that the collective itself acts as a network of resources.
It all started on social media with the hashtag, #girlgaze. Aspiring photographers from all around the globe posted more than 450,000 photographs. The movement caught the eye of heavy-hitters from the fashion and photography worlds, including Inez van Lamsweer, Amber Valletta, Lynsey Addario, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Collier Schorr. Most recently, #girlgaze curated the September Issue of Teen Vogue, the first ever Condé Nast magazine to release an issue for girls, by girls.
The collection will be on display at Skylight Studios in Los Angeles through February 26, 2017. For more information head over to the Annenberg Space for Photography’s website. And be sure to follow #girlgaze on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.