photo:Michael David

photo:Michael David

The Pandora’s BoxX Project is an ongoing social document utilizing photography and multi-media installation to portray women artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and critics at the forefront of a cultural shift about power and self determination at this crucial moment in time.

The photographs bear witness to this singular moment in time between the artists that emerged in the sixties and seventies without much communication or support from the art world, to the emergence of subsequent generations of artists coinciding with the rise of a female support system and use of social media. Witnessing and being part of this moment myself as an artist has led me to my project, Pandora’s BoxX, which will become a book and exhibition

Pandora’s BoxX addresses the gender imbalance of women in the arts, while acknowledging and celebrating the growing representation of women artists today. It’s an idea that encompasses community engagement and an ongoing dialogue about art, ideas and social change.

My process for the project is geared towards being performative, direct, spontaneous and mobile. The photo sessions, shots of faces and hands in available light are intentionally brief; the streamlined structure of the shoots is akin to a still version of Cinema Verite. This brevity enables me to direct each woman in a way that’s both specific and surprising, allowing me access to those unguarded moments that can mirror the strength of the individual.