photo:Michael David

photo:Michael David

The Pandora’s BoxX Project is an ongoing series portraying women artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and critics at the forefront of a cultural shift about power and self determination.

The project spans seven generations of women to date, from established artists to women who are just starting out on their practices. The photographs document a 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.

Pandora’s BoxX, which will become a book and an exhibition, 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.

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. The use of artist’s hands in my photos is crucial for activating the space between myself and my subject revealing something about the work they create and lives lived.