From organizing crucial conversations that center the voices and struggles of women photographers, to producing a forthcoming book on Representations of Black Motherhood and Photography, Women Picturing Revolution creators Zoraida Lopez-Diago and Lesly Canossi Deschler are re-claiming and re-telling the history of photography to include the stories that are often overlooked and underrepresented.
Ahead of International Women's Day (March 8), join us for an evening conversation with the two founders about the creation, mission, activities, and stories behind Women Picturing Revolution, an organization dedicated to lifting the work of female-identifying photographers who have documented conflicts, crises, and revolutions.
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Zoraida Lopez-Diago is a photographer, curator, activist and co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution (WPR). Her photographs center around themes of migration, incarceration, and the undocumented and have been shown at institutions including the Photographic Center Northwest and Paul Baldwell Gallery in Medellin, Colombia. She has lectured on her work at Harvard University, Mt. Holyoke College, and La Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia), among others. Lopez-Diago was the assistant curator of the Picturing Black Girlhood exhibition at Columbia University and co-curated Women as Witness, a photography exhibition about how women document survival. She recently co-presented with WPR co-founder Lesly Deschler Canossi at the Tate Modern on their forthcoming book. She lives in Beacon, New York.
Lesly Deschler Canossi is a cultural producer, educator, and photographer working to widen the lens of photo history. She is faculty at the International Center of Photography and co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Since 2009, as owner of Fiber Ink Studio, she has worked with photographers and institutions on project development and exhibition realization. Her photography explores the intimacy and demands of motherhood and she is currently co-editing an edition of essays and photographs, Representations of Black Motherhood and Photography (Women Picturing Revolution, Spring 2021, Leuven University Press).
About Women Picturing Revolution
Women Picturing Revolution (WPR), an organization co-founded by imagemakers and educators Lesly Deschler Canossi and Zoraida Lopez-Diago, is reclaiming and retelling history in a manner that is both radical and necessary. Through leading seminars and curating panels, Women Picturing Revolution examines work by female-identifying photographers who document conflict, crises, and social upheaval in private realms and public spaces. By bringing these voices to the forefront, WPR highlights the role women occupy in the political, social, and economic landscape. From fine art photography made as a response to forced silence, oppression, and the inability to act, to well-known visual journalists documenting war, Lesly and Zoraida, along with WPR participants, examine not only photographs but also the conditions under which women make images.