Women by Women

  • Date: 13/04/2022
  • Author: Jo-Ann Ward

Women by Women, a unique photography exhibition that celebrates female trailblazers and the incredible talent of women photographers around the world, is currently touring Dublin.

Current dates and locations:

  • Rathmines Library: 12th May to 12th June 2022.
  • Ballyfermot Library: 12th June to July 4th 2022.
  • Cabra Library: 4th July – 29th July 2022.
  • Third Space Smithfield – August and September 2022.

If you would like to host this exhibition at another venue, please email: jo-ann.ward at actionaid.org.

The exhibition, developed by ActionAid, showcases women on the frontlines of climate change, and others who have overcome obstacles to become leaders in their community. It highlights women including the Guatemalan hip-hop artist who uses her music to champion feminism and the founder of a non-profit coffee collective in the Democratic Republic of Congo, amongst others.  In addition, all the images were taken by female photographers from the countries in which ActionAid works.

About the photographers:

  • Ina Makosi Is a self-taught photographer and hip-hop activist from Senegal. In 2011, she joined Africulturban, an association dedicated to hip-hop and urban cultures and trained at its first academy where she worked closely with Senegalese film maker Fatou Kandé Senghor. Her aim is also to inspire and empower other female artists in Senegal and offers photography courses to young former prisoners as part her association with Africulturban.
  • Samar Hazboun is a Palestinian photographer whose work has been published by the New York Times, Al-Jazeera, and the Washington Post. She was the winner of the Self-Portrait category in the 11th Pollux Award and won an award from the Khalil Al-Sakakini centre for her project Hush, an exploration of gender-based violence in Palestine.
  • Born in Guatemala City, Morena Perez Joachin initially worked in television before becoming a photographer and photojournalist at the age of 18. Morena’s photographs often focus on women and she is particularly interested in capturing images of indigenous towns in her birth country. She has exhibited in Guatemala, Spain and Chile, and has worked with publications including the German Press Agency dpa.
  • Yen Duong is a Vietnamese photojournalist whose work has been published in Reuters, Bloomberg, the Guardian, the New York Times, and other international news outlets. With a background as an investigative journalist, Yen’s work explores important themes from human trafficking to the impact of rapid urbanisation on marginalised communities.
  • Habiba Nowrose is a photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She holds an MS in women’s and gender studies from the University of Dhaka and is particularly interested in subjects that explore human relationships and gender identities. Her series, Concealed, was a finalist for the 2018 Invisible Photographers Awards and Samdani Art Award 2020.
  • Esther Mbabazi is a documentary photographer. She uses storytelling and photojournalism to address issues in her society that are often overlooked. Her work explores changing conditions on the African continent, with a focus on the social, economic, physical and emotional aspects of daily life, especially in rural areas and for minority groups. Esther’s work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, TIME magazine and The Observer.
  • Pamela Tulizo started her career as a journalist, but now works primarily as a documentary photographer based in Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Pamela has led two photography exhibitions in Goma, both focusing on women and their role in society. She has also captured images of the country’s Ebola outbreak for Agence France-Presse (AFP), which were featured on news sites around the world.
  • Etinosa Yvonne is a self-taught documentary photographer and visual artist from Nigeria. Her work explores themes related to the human condition and social injustice. In 2020, Etinosa was one of six people selected for the Africa Edition of the World Press 6X6 Global Talent Program. Etinosa’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.

The exhibition was launched on 27th April in the Mansion House Dublin, hosted by the Lord Mayor. The launch event included a panel discussion on dismantling bias, racism and representation, with contributions from Dr Nita Misha, Deborah Oniah and Dr Sahar Ahmed.

Photo caption: Marcelline Budza is the founder of a non-profit coffee collective in the DRC. Here she shows members articles and photographs about their collective on her mobile phone. Taken by Pamela Tulizo/ActionAid.

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