Bold (Feminine) 

Bold (Feminine), a group exhibition highlighting an internationally diverse group of female photographers that addresses the oblique narrative of perception and representation of women in photographic imagery.

Participating artists include:
Joana Choumali
Helena Christensen
Josephine Sacabo
Yelena Yemchuk
Melissa Zexter
Christy Bush

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with photography curator Constance Lewis.

Christy Bush
Christy Bush is an Athens-based photographer whose work regularly appears in fashion magazines and publications. She employs a direct style of portraiture that allows her to limn her memories and explore personal relationships and past experiences through her subject matter. In her series, Soundtrack to Nothing, Bush captured the vulnerable and passionate relationship between teenagers and music. In the following series, Jackson, Bush spent years examining adolescence through the eyes of an adult. Her current work, Nude, Not Nude, presents an introspective study of the nude image. This empathetic version of the constructed portrait poses questions about exposure and vulnerability/empowerment. Her solo exhibitions include: Soundtrack to Nothing (Blackston Gallery, NYC, Opal Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., Loveless, Tokyo, Japan) and Jackson (Blackston Gallery, NYC). Her clients include Roxy/Quicksilver, Matador Records, Nordstrom, JCrew, and Sony.

 

Joana Choumali
Choumali is a fine art photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied Graphic Arts in Casablanca (Morocco). Choumali uses her photography to explore her own identity. Her photographs of women allude to the complexity of femininity by highlighting rich textures and subtle strength of her subjects. Her photos do not seek to promote or persuade, but to highlight the equal humanity of men and women. Her exhibitions include the The Troppen Museum of World Cultures, Amsterdam, 2015, Lagos Photo Festival at “Grid”, Cape Town Biennial International Photography Festival 2015, la Galerie MAM et la Fondation Donwahi , Dakar, 2014, Biennale of Casablanca, 2014, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, 2014, Exhibition of 50 Lensculture Emerging Talents- Galeria Valid Foto, Barcelona, 2014, Hierro des Villes Gallery, Nice, France, 2014, Image Afrique, Basel, 2014, among others.

 

Helena Christensen
Danish-Peruvian model Helena Christensen has worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, alongside cultivating her passion for photography. Her experience in front of the lens and learning from some of the world's most legendary and iconic photographers, has given her photographic style a distinct uniqueness that blurs the artistic and commercial. Her photographs - whether editorial fashion stories, advertising, portraits or personal art projects - depict a unique and direct beauty that explore vulnerability and empowerments within her subjects. Christensen’s work has been exhibited in London, Amsterdam, Tokyo and New York, and has appeared in numerous magazines, including Vogue, VS Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Nylon (which she co-founded), Jalouse, FAT, and Rika Magazine. She works as a global photographer for Oxfam, and has just completed a trip to Columbia with the UNHCR documenting the lives of displaced people

 

Josephine Sacabo
Josephine Sacabo was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944 and educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Sacabo lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word—using poetry as the genesis for her work, she lists poets as her most important influences. During her 36 year career her work has been featured in over 40 gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and la Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France. Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home. Her images transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty.Josephine Sacabo
Josephine Sacabo was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944 and educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Sacabo lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word—using poetry as the genesis for her work, she lists poets as her most important influences. During her 36 year career her work has been featured in over 40 gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and la Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France. Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home. Her images transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty.

 

Yelena Yemchuk
Yelena Yemchuk's output as a visual artist is immediately recognizable, regardless of medium. Her's is a unique vision, possessing a surrealistic whimsy and dark romanticism that is uniquely all her own. Yelena Yemchuk was born in Kiev, and immigrated to the United States with her parents, an athlete and a teacher when she was eleven. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and Art Center in Pasadena. Her photographs appear in the New Yorker, Another Magazine, ANEW, Dazed & Confused and Italian, British and Japanese Vogue among others. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited around the world. She published her first book, Gidropark in April 2011.

 

Melissa Zexter
Melissa Zexter was born in Rhode Island and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Zexter combines the slow and meditative process of hand-sewn embroidery with the technologically more immediate medium of photography. Her portraits and figurative work explore identity and representations of femininity. She has exhibited throughout the United States including shows at the International Center of Photography, NY, Hallspace Gallery in Boston, MA, Blank Space, NY, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Brooklyn Museum (Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art). Her work has been published and reviewed in numerous publications including AfterImage, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, the New Yorker, Art New England, Village Voice, and the New York Magazine. She has taught photography in New York at Cooper Union, Alfred University, The New School, and Long Island University. She currently teaches at The Dalton School in NYC. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from New York University.