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Photography Exhibition: "Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?"

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California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks

1948 Thousand Oaks Boulevard

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? (#CMATOexposed)

A photographic examination of identity through the artistry of some of the most compelling female photographers working in California today.

The CMATO gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 PM to 4 PM (hours & admission)

Exhibit on view September 7 – December 9, 2017. Part of Femmes Photo Fest Art Crawl in Thousand Oaks, CA.




Featuring:

Jo Ann Callis, b. 1940 (working in Los Angeles, CA) considered one of Los Angeles most influential female photographers working today, Jo Ann has only recently begun displaying her early color photography works (circa 1979). The CMATO exhibition features these early works that seemed designed to illicit associations about domesticity and submissive sexuality. Her works dive into the subconscious realm, thereby suggesting no direct connection to any time or place. Their apparent timelessness speaks to aspects of our nature.

With:

Arden Surdam, Sant Khalsa, Andréanne Michon, Gay Ribisi, Sandra Klein.





What does a ‘female lens’ signify today?

This photography exhibition aims to provide the viewer with a wide range of female artists examining life in their own terms. With exclusively female photographers, the cliché that women see the world (and themselves) differently is examined. Under inspection as well, is the evolving Californian aesthetic and growing prominence in the contemporary art scene.

The work on display confronts societal norms, embraces universal truths and celebrates the versatility of photography to represent our times. Deciding if gender or location affects perspective is left for the visitor to decide.

As a platform to launch a discussion on the meaning of identity in a so-called “post-identity” age, each artist what asked:

“What does it mean to be a female photographer in California?”

The artists showcased in this exhibition have generously answered this multi-layered question with frankness and simplicity. We hope that their responses, displayed next to their works, will give insight into the artists’ process and allow one to search out an empathic connection to the work.

This exhibition aims to discuss the complexity of identity in our times. Our hope is that these inspiring works of art will awaken feelings of empathy and help foster a clearer understanding about the many interpretations of what identity means to an artist, to society, and to ourselves.




Curated by:
Lynn Farrand
Laura PG Lewis

Image Above:
Jo Ann Callis, Woman with Black Line, 1976 Courtesy of ROSEGALLERY.


Femmes Photo Fest Continues at Four Friends Gallery Images from the Janss Collection.
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