Amy Tan for The Telegraph
hanging in kansas city, collecting objects for a site-specific piece for this show opening tomorrow night. i’ll be on a local radio station at 7:30 CST tonight (live), you can stream it online at this link.
Elle just posted this, I’ve always had so much respect for her and her work, and I’m very grateful that she responded so honestly. I also feel a bit foolish about my assumptions earlier, I was just feeling extremely anxious from a few recent emails. I’m also sorry for hijacking the post, it wasn’t something I considered but totally see your point (and why I’m starting a separate post now). Kimmy also just responded.
One of Elle’s suggestions for being a better male ally is to give other people the opportunity to use this platform (a blog with wide readership) to discuss these issues. I am open to that, and I feel stupid for not considering that earlier, please contact me if that interests you.
I have to respond to something Romke wrote on his blog Mossless earlier, which I strongly (but respectfully) disagree with. And full disclosure, I’ve been chatting with both Elle and Romke today off the internet, but we’re all agreeing to keep the dialog public and open.
"The questions which you’ve stated (here at the end of Daniel’s last post) are good questions, but they bemoan a historical problem… saying that many of us are complicit of sexism in photography because you assume we default to what we learned in our art school Photo History class says nothing about us, but speaks volumes about our education and its patriarchal roots. And your initial statements are dazzlingly narrow-minded. How can you be so callously sexist? Why point fingers at one another? The problem is a historical one; the internet is its undoing. We just need to follow the right streams… ignore those that get it wrong.
You’re right in that we need to start thinking of who we’d recommend, and so on, but it should not be guided by any kind of interpersonal or gender bias (even if just to work against the bias-at-large), no, we really just should recommend good photographs, good photographers, and we should all do that together. The good thing is we’re all here on Tumblr to do just that. So let’s just keep going and let’s be better than those that came before us. “
Any reverse “ism” card is an immediate red-flag for me. Systems of oppression simply do not function on that two-way street. The notion of “just” recommending good photographs or photographers, ignores the overwhelming reality and power of context. Photographs don’t “just” exist in the world and photographers don’t “just” exist in the world. There is no vacuum where oppression ceases to frame, and things just float around by the grace of their own merit. It is true that good work gets noticed for being good, but it also gets noticed very often because the maker is a position of immense, life-long, sustaining privilege that on some level guarantees attention will be paid to their (mostly his) efforts. We can’t just happily be on Tumblr and keep going and making work, and hope that the world will just sort out the good work based on its internal merit, because the world is continuously directly and indirectly preoccupied with established privilege and power.
I’ve been going nuts with work lately. This past week I assisted Daniel Shea on some shoots of famous Chicagoan artists, including Michelle Grabner, Theaster Gates, and here he is in Jose Lerma’s studio.
The last couple of weeks have been cool.
A few upcoming exhibitions, one opens tonight in New York. I’ll be in Kansas City working on a site-specific installation for the Plug Projects opening as well.
One Art Space, New York, NY
November 7th 2013 – November 30th 2013.
Opening: November 7th, 6 – 9pm
Plug Projects, Kansas City, KC
November 15, 2013 - January 4, 2014
Kansas City Art Institute, Sculpture Department
November 13, 2013, 8:15-9:15 AM
(photo: Jennilee Marigomen)
Featuring various discussions and a directory of working women in the States and Internationally.
The site is a work in progress and more links will be added soon.
Contact info is on the site, Kimmy and everyone involved did a killer job.
I continue to get emails about this, so just to reiterate, I was not involved in the making of the directory or the selection of the artists, it was handled by a group of female photographers. Contact info is on the site if you’d like to contribute to the site or provide feedback.
Reblog and spread the word to keep the conversation alive!