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From Behind Closed Doors to #MeToo

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The Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

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Donna Ferrato is a woman and a photographer whose work is about sex, violence, love, and how she sees women, their complexity, their politics, their public and private lives, and their struggle to come into their own power. Nona Willis Aronowitz is an author and editor whose work covers similar subjects of women, sexual politics, and the state of young feminism across the United States. In this far-ranging and thought-provoking conversation, they will use Ferrato’s work—from her most well-known documentation of domestic abuse to her studies of women taking control of their own sexuality—as a platform for tracing the progress of women’s agency.

Donna Ferrato is a documentary photographer from Lorain, Ohio. She has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” and “Love & Lust”; as well as participating in over 500 one-woman shows internationally. Ferrato has received awards such as the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987). In 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.” Currently, Ferrato is documenting her rapidly changing New York neighborhood of Tribeca for a new book, and leads international experimental photography workshops. She also has a traveling retrospective, first exhibited in Italy at Cortona On The Move 2017 festival, called “American Woman: 40 Years,” which brings all of Ferrato’s lifelong projects—domestic violence, sex, Tribeca, assignment work, and family life—together for the first time.

Nona Willis Aronowitz is an author and editor who writes about women, sex, politics, and the economy. She's the features editor for Splinter, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Guardian, Playboy, and Rookie, among many others. In the past, she's worked for Talking Points Memo, NBC, NPR, Good Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. She writes a regular newsletter called F*cking Through the Apocalypse.

With Emma Bee Bernstein, she is the co-author of the book Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, a roadtrip book of essays and photography about the state of young feminism across the United States. She's also the editor of an award-winning anthology of her mother Ellen Willis's rock criticism, called Out of the Vinyl Deeps, as well as a more comprehensive collection of her work, The Essential Ellen Willis, which won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle award for Criticism. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006 and wrote her honors thesis about 1970s pornography and the sexual revolution. She lives in Brooklyn.

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