Picturing Power & Potential

June 15 - August 27, 2010
SFAC Gallery, San Francisco City Hall

Organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Picturing Power & Potential is a project of the International Museum for Women's large-scale exhibition Economica: Women and the Global Economy. The exhibition features photographic works by twenty global artists.
Artists: Anne Hamersky (USA), Ariko Inaoka (Japan), Alex Kamweru (Kenya), Brenda Paik Sunoo (USA), Dana Whitaker (USA), Elizabeth Colton (USA), Isabela Senatore (Brazil), Jennifer Samuel (USA), Joanna Lipper (USA), Margaret Silverman (USA), Mark Tuschman (USA), Mathilde Jansen (The Netherlands), Mehran Afshar Naderi (Iran), Michelle McCarron (USA), Miranda Mimi Kuo-Deemer (China),  Pattabi Raman (India), Rocio Russo (USA), Samyukta Lakshmi (India), Sanaz Mazinani (Canada), and Selvaprakash Lakshmanan (India).

Jurors: Catherine King (IMOW), Jasmina Bojic (United Nations Association Film Festival), Linda Connor (Artist/Curator/Educator), Meg Shiffler (SFAC Gallery)

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Gallery’s Art at City Hall program has teamed up with the International Museum of Women (IMOW) to coordinate and present a large-scale juried photo exhibition at San Francisco City Hall and online at the IMOW web site. Over 50 extraordinary and moving works by artists across the globe celebrate women as economic participants and agents of change. Picturing Power & Potential is project of Economica: Women and the Global Economy, an extensive and multi-faceted online exhibition presented by IMOW.

The jury reviewed works by 150 artists who responded to an international call for submissions. In the end twenty artists were selected: six artists from the Bay Area, four additional US artists, and artists from Japan, Kenya, Brazil, The Netherlands, China, India, Iran and Canada. The subject matter ranges from teen community leaders in Richmond, CA to entrepreneurs in Ghana. And from opera singers in Brazil to seaweed farmers in Zanzibar.

The exhibition is divided into two distinct sections: ten artists exhibiting multiple images from large bodies of work, alongside a single remarkable portrait from ten more artists. Note that we will be exhibiting seven images from Joanna Lipper’s Seaweed Farmers, nominated for a Prix Pictet award. Launched in 2008, the Prix Pictet is the world’s first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. (see her work here)