Feminist Photography Network: Identity • Connection • Place

An online exhibition

Arpita Shah, Reshma from Nalini series

Site Launches on March 8, 2023 (International Women’s Day)

Feminist Photography Network is a shifting collective based in Tkaronto (Toronto), led by co-directors Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel. Our projects emphasize support and connection between artists rather than competition. FPN’s mandate is to promote the careers of women-identified and gender non-conforming photographers, as well as research and reflection on the relationship between gender and lens-based media.

Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, the web exhibition Identity • Connection • Place showcases work by sixteen artists from Canada and the UK who participated in the online peer-to-peer residencies we ran in 2017, 2020, and 2021. Identity, Connection and Place were themes weaving through these artists’ work and our experiences of the residency itself. For many of us, this support structure helped sustain our identity as artmakers alongside demanding roles like caregiver or breadwinner. Receiving creative perspectives and research material from different cultural locations was inspiring, and resulted in many rich collaborations and friendships, both national and transatlantic.

The exhibiting artists are: Ida Arentoft, Clea Christakos-Gee, Raquel Diniz, Helen Jones, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Sarah Mangialardo, Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O’Kafka, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Stacey Tyrell, and Nilupa Yasmin.

Stacey Tyrell, Chattel series

Identity • Connection • Place launches on 8th March 2023 (International Women’s Day), with the Identity section, and the Connection and Place sections will go live on consecutive weeks. A selection of images are also on display in the vitrines at A Space gallery in Tkaronto (Toronto) until May 5th, and on the entranceway screen at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow during the month of March. The site includes seven specially commissioned texts by writers Aldeide Delgado, Lodoe Laura, Heather Rigg, Daniella Sanader, Morgan Sears-Williams, Geneviève Wallen, and Alana West.

Online Events:

Artist talks by Hannah Laycock and Flannery O’Kafka, in partnership with Street Level Photoworks, March 9, 13.30 EST.

Artist talk by Stacey Tyrell in partnership with Napier University, March 14, 11.00 EST.

Panel discussion with Margaret Mitchell, Arpita Shah and Farihah Aliyah Shah moderated by Liz Ikiriko, April 1, 12.00 EST.

Registration details here

A reception for the work at A Space Gallery will be held on Saturday April 1, 2-4pm EST.

Jennifer Long, Caesura series

About Feminist Photography Network

Feminist Photography Network is a shifting collective led by two co-directors that uses grassroots strategies to support women’s engagement with, and interrogation of, photography. Through various programming and partnerships, FPN supports a wide variety of artists in sustaining their practice by providing free professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities. FPN contributes to the community at large through broadening the awareness of a diversity of lens-based practices, and furthering dialogues on the relationship between gender and photography.

Identity • Connection • Place web design by Una Janićijević


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