Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born internationally renowned London based artist whose extraordinary film and sound installation It’s about Time was commissioned for the V&A Pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Biennale in 2019. She is also a celebrated academic who has served as Professor of Fine Art at Konstfack in Stockholm, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and most recently, at Goldsmith’s College, London. Known for her interest in public culture, she has created the Women’s Audio Archive and Enthusiasts: Archive – two pioneering archival projects, accessible to all.
The first of our Heroines 2020, week 2 is Lisl Ponger, whose “work concerns stereotypes, racism and the construction of the gaze. It is located at the interface between art, art history and ethnology in the mediums of photography, film, installation and text.”
As the week comes to a close, we are delighted to welcome Del LaGrace Volcano as our latest heroine of 2020. “More than any other artist, Volcano’s oeuvre has presented queer, trans and intersex people as subjects rather than objects, since herm’s images are created through looks of identification, affiliation and desire exchanged between the sitter and the photographer.” (Dr Jay Prosser, 2015 from Del’s website) Image: © Del LaGrace Volcano (+ Gerard Rancinan), Paris 2004
Documentary photographer Markéta Luskačová is today’s heroine of 2020. Markéta has been a role model for many of those working today in the documentary genre. We’ll be featuring Markéta and her work later in the year as part of centenary celebrations of women’s suffrage in the former Czechoslovakia.
Our next Heroine for 2020 is Eileen Perrier. A Senior Lecturer in Photography at The University of Westminster, Eileen’s work has been widely exhibited. Residencies include Light Work (in partnership with Autograph ABP), in New York, USA and Playing The City, Kunsthalle Schirn (Frankfurt, Germany). She was also invited to work with Tate Britain on the education programme – BP Family Festival: Close Encounters of the Art Kind, and commissioned by Kings College London to create Portraits of a Global Law School.
We finish our celebrations of International Women’s Day by announcing that we are about to unveil our list of Heroines for 2020. We’ll be announcing one a day between now and the end of the month. First Heroine of the year is Karen Knorr, internationally renowned photographer and professor of photography at the University for the Creative Arts, home to the research project Fast Forward Women in Photography.