Fall 2012 Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Exhibit

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Along the Light Rail Corridor exhibit and to all the fabulous feminist participants!



Panoramic 1, room 1, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder


Panoramic 2, room 1, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder


We had wine, we had flowers,
we had good things to eat, art for the eye and art for the soul. Wish
we’d had you! Maybe next time? Hope to see you at the next exhibit!


Room 1, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, flowers, wine, cheese and crackers, delicious salted caramel chocolate torte (handmade by JoAnne Makela), photo Jasmine Rain Hyder

The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know project came about through a desire to counter stereotypes of feminists and feminism propagated by mass media. You can visit the Facebook page for the project here. Please do click the ‘like’ button and leave a comment while you are there!


Marquee on sidewalk, poster, slideshow reflected in window of room 1 at The Lab at The Lyric, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder


Minnesota Monthly’s Best Public Art 2012

This exhibit was made possible through a grant from Irrigate, listed in Minnesota Monthly as Best Public Art for 2012.


I built on the existing Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know project and took it in a new direction for this exhibit by focusing attention on feminists who live and work along the light rail corridor. These feminists provided photos of themselves along with statements that were then combined into “photoems” and displayed in poster art facing University Avenue and included in a slideshow/print exhibit of the entire photoem collection at The Lab at The Lyric, right along the light rail corridor.


Slideshow and performance 1, room 2, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, left to right clockwise: Rachel Summers, JoAnne Makela and Lucy Sweitzer, Faye Washington, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder


During the exhibit, JoAnne Makela and her group MedusaHead (with Lucy Sweitzer and Susan Thurston) provided music and spoken word performances.
Guest performers Sarah Newberry, Annaliese Sweitzer, and Donald Washington infused MedusaHead’s
soulful standards with jazz sax and a bit of sweet twang.
JoAnne opened with the poem, The Legislation of Flowers.


Slideshow and performance 2, room 2, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, left to right clockwise: attendees, JoAnne Makela and Annaliese Sweitzer, Shaney Matson and Lucy Sweitzer, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder

Photographer/poet Jasmine Rain Hyder put the photoems for the local participants and the background soundtrack playlist for this event together, photographically documented the event, and created a website to house the project (website to launch very soon!).


Slideshow and performance 3, room 1 and 2, Facing Feminism exhibit at The Lab at The Lyric, bottom left to right clockwise: JoAnne Makela and friends, slideshow and prints, Sarah Newberry, photo Jasmine Rain Hyder


What it was like

With art and music inside The Lab at The Lyric, and the bones of the light rail outside, the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Along the Light Rail Corridor exhibit focused on the faces and voices of feminists featured as photoems in posters and prints hung on the walls as well as postcard size prints as souvenir takeaways. The photoems were also projected in a double display slideshow exhibit.

The photoems were created using the faces and the words of participants who submitted a photo and a brief statement about what feminism means/is to them with the aim of expanding feminist dialogue and counteracting negative feminist stereotypes. Local participants in this project included, among others, Jennifer Cheesmen, Lauren Fulner-Erickson, Patti Isaacs, Kit N., JoAnne Makela, Malia Schroeder, Amy Sparks, Lucy Prillaman Sweitzer, Susan Thurston, Amy Unger and Sherley Unger, Kwami Wood, and Diana Yefanova.

I was surprised at how
excited people got about the very small postcard sized prints of the
photoems. I let attendees each pick one to take for free as a souvenir
of the event. It was touching to see how much time they spent reading
the messages and poring over the images to make sure that they got just
the right one. The final selections they made really seemed to resonate
with them.

It has been fascinating to watch the light rail take shape, to see the bare bones of design come to life as the contours of the tracks and stations fill in and the neighborhoods along the light rail clothe it in their varying styles. The finishing touches are still to be added but some of the color and flourishes that define a space are already in place with the exhibits and installations created by the artists along this corridor. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of placemaking along the corridor.


Contributor notes for the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know project

This project includes participants from around the world and even though most of our international contributors could not be here in person, they were with us in spirit. You can learn more about them and what they have to say about feminism through their photoems at the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Facebook page and also at the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know website.



Here is a small gallery of photoems from the exhibit. See them all and read what they have to say at the Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Facebook page.



 



   
                                    
   
 





   

   

From top to bottom, left to right. Row 1
: Larry and Shelley Jaffe, Row 2: Malia Schroeder, Kwame Wood, JoAnne Makela, Diana Yefanova, Row 3: Jennifer Cheesman, Amy Sparks, Susan Thurston, Lauren Fullner-Erickson, Row 4: Mikel K Poet, Lucy Prillaman Sweitzer, Amy Unger

Collaborator notes for the Irrigate funded Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know Along the Light Rail Corridor exhibit 2012



JoAnne Makela
is a published writer/dramatist/poet and principal of MedusaHead
Productions. Her work has been produced for the Minnesota Fringe
Festival and she and her poetry/funk/pop/retro group MedusaHead have
appeared in local boits and charhouses for the past 15 years. She enjoys
slinging hash and long walks along the beach. And has been known to spout oracular visions during prolonged turns at the mic.



Jasmine Rain Hyder
is a published photographer/poet and writer who is a resident of Carleton Artist Lofts. Her photos have been featured in
Empowerment4Women Magazine and her poetry has been
included in the award-winning InTheFray Magazine. Something about the country of England has
captured her imagination and will not let it go. She plans to sort
matters out with England by visiting, as many times as necessary
.

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Behind the scenes

Photo Jasmine Rain Hyder

I have blogged about this project before. You can read previous posts here:

Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl
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News about Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know
Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl



Happy International Women’s Day 2012