2nd Annual Photograph Exhibit
June 25 ~ August 13, 2011
has been said that women provide the spiritual foundation upon
which rests all of human life. Indeed, while historically given
a secondary role to males, women have likely been the source of
whatever fragile balance humanity is able to maintain. This Provenance
Center exhibit seeks to display images of all aspects of the world
of woman, highlighting strength, character and spirituality as
seen and portrayed through the lens of our guest photographers.
Come join us as we briefly travel the path of experience in the
life of women throughout the world.
Ester Matsinhe applying the traditional Mozambican mussiro bark mask
for the first
time. A beauty treatment; but women wear
the mask all day as they are considered
beautiful in their culture.
|Waiting, Worrying, Wondering
Elderly Indian woman, unaffected by my presence, enters the ghats
of Pushkar for
puja (spiritual cleansing).
Kathryn Whitney Lucey
Smiling woman sits in the streets on market day selling her wares.
In the images, photos and other forms of artistic expression displayed,
women across the globe are portrayed in their daily lives as they
face all that the human experience has to offer. For many, each
day is a struggle to provide food, safety and security for their
children and themselves in a world where more than a billion individuals
live in poverty. And, while joined with men in their need and desire
for that which many regularly take for granted, women in every nation
face a history and tradition of discrimination and abuse due solely
to their gender. It is hoped that this exhibit presents an opportunity
for all viewers to reflect upon the condition of women, now and
in the past, and to examine situations and circumstances in which
inequality and injustice persists.
Nonetheless, despite the need for ongoing attention to issues of
social justice and truly equitable treatment, the lives of women
remain rich and fulfilling. The World of Women extols the virtue
of gender solidarity - to be a female is a privilege and an honored
status. Throughout this exhibit one finds images of women as mothers
and caregivers, roles that have been too often considered as secondary
to the male experience. Yet it is unquestionably the case that the
influence of the mother provides the emotional and spiritual foundation
for all societies and civilization, however overtly patriarchal.
Despite the obvious need for the "male of the species", the world
of women is not marked by a similar history of aggression, conflict
Although the evolutionary details are complex, the world of women
and men has always differed in significant aspects, notably an inclination
towards peace over conflict. Consider the sentiment of women in
this regards, and then speculate in your own mind how today's world
would be different if the events of the past century had been guided
by such sentiment.
The World of Woman offers a brief journey into the lives of a very
small selection of women from various parts of the globe. Through
the eyes of our contributing photographers, we are afforded a glimpse
into this dimension of the human experience. As language is not
confined to the spoken word and culture can be understood as existing
in all human groups, the language and culture of women contains
a message that may be significant for the survival of humanity into