Women by Women, a photography exhibition showcasing a range of professional female photographers from around the world, opened at Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday.
All of the images on display are taken by women and feature a range of women from around the world. Each photo tells a unique story and highlights climate change, feminism and war.
Aida Sarr, photographed by self-taught Senegalese photographer Ina Makosi, is a community development worker and matron at the local ‘health hut’ on Maya Island, Senegal. “When I arrived here in 1998, there were a lot of trees,” says Aida Sarr, 40, “but today you can see that there are no more, and the grass has dried up because of the rising waters”. sea level making the soil saltier. Sometimes even our houses are submerged.
“I’ve been a very big advocate for promoting local female photographers,” says Vietnamese photojournalist Yen Duong, “because we’re really not visible at all. It’s great to hear that ActionAid is doing something about this and trying to fill the huge gaps. I wanted to collaborate right away.
Duong’s work has been published in international media such as Reuters and Bloomberg. With a background as an investigative journalist, Yen’s work explores themes such as human trafficking, climate change and the impact of urbanization on marginalized communities.
Thu and Huong are farmers, close friends and members of a village women’s group in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam, an area vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Thu and Huong used to grow rice, but severe seawater intrusion forced them to change. They now take care of lily ponds because they grow easily, filter water well, and can be sold in markets.
The launch event gives people the opportunity to see this unique collection of photographs in person. It will also include a panel discussion on dismantling prejudice, racism and representation. The exhibit is developed by ActionAid, a charity that helps women and children in developing countries overcome the many challenges they face.
“As part of our new strategy, we aim to bring an anti-racist and feminist perspective to the way women and girls living in poverty are portrayed,” says Karol Balfe, chief executive of ActionAid Ireland. “We are committed to moving away from traditional charity images that portray people as objects of pity, helpless, hopeless and without dignity. We are delighted to bring the Women by Women exhibition to Ireland as an exciting first step in this commitment. Wherever possible, we transfer the power of storytelling to talented female photographers who were born in Africa, Asia and the Americas and who live and work there.
The exhibition opened on Wednesday at the Mansion House Dublin and is then due to tour the capital. Cornucopia Restaurant will host it from April 28 to May 12 and Rathmines Library from May 12 to June 12, 2022. ActionAid hopes to continue the tour in the fall. More dates will be added to their website as they are confirmed.
You can register for tickets to the launch event and keep up to date with the exhibition visit at actionaid.ie