Women In Motion unveils an original poster campaign in central Paris to celebrate women photographers. From September through December 2023, Kering's program highlighting women in culture and the arts will exhibit works by the winners of the Women In Motion Award for photography. Join us on the Rue du Louvre to share a moment of discovery !
An open-air gallery
Women In Motion honors talented women photographers by showcasing portraits and self-portraits of the Women In Motion Award winners for large format photography. From September to December, various works will adorn the walls of the French capital's 1st arrondissement. Reflecting the photographer's unique perspective, each portrait will captivate passers-by as they discover the women behind the lens.
Women In Motion Award for photography
Kering created Women In Motion in 2015 to champion gender equality in the film industry and spotlight women in filmmaking. The program now spans several artistic and cultural disciplines, including photography. In 2019, Kering partnered with Rencontres d’Arles, extending the Women In Motion program to the festival’s calendar. Together, they created the Women In Motion Award for photography, which aims to raise the profile of women photographers.
In recent years, the Award has been presented to Susan Meiselas (2019), Sabine Weiss (2020), Liz Johnson Artur (2021), Babette Mangolte (2022) and Rosângela Rennó (2023).
Meiselas is well-known for documenting human rights issues in Latin America, and her photographs are held in collections in North America and around the world. In 1992, she became a MacArthur Fellow; in 2015 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Most recently, she was awarded the 2019 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
Born in 1924 in Saint-Gingolph, Switzerland, Sabine Weiss took up photography at an early age. After a three-year apprenticeship in Geneva with Paul Boissonnas, she became assistant to Willy Maywald, a German fashion photographer based in Paris, in 1946. Her marriage to American painter Hugh Weiss in 1950 marked the beginning of her career as an independent photographer on the post-war arts scene.
In 1952, with the help of Robert Doisneau, she became one of the few women to be employed by the Rapho photo agency, and her work gained recognition in the United States. Weiss's photography placed her in France's ‘humanist’ school, which sought to connect public spaces with the human body. Her images show people going about their daily lives, work and thoughts. She passed away in Paris in 2021.
Born in Bulgaria in 1964, Liz Johnson Artur is a London-based photographer. Her work incorporates photography, film, and installations, centering on the strong bonds she has forged with subjects and viewers for more than 30 years. In recent years, Johnson Artur has held solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City and London's South London Gallery and participated in group exhibitions, notably at the Serpentine Galleries in London and the Berlin Biennale.
Born in France in 1941 and a New York City resident since the 1970s, Babette Mangolte is a filmmaker, photographer and artist. She has also published essays on filmmaking and photography. Mangolte's work is especially marked by the choreography and performances of Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Joan Jonas, Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Marina Abramović, Steve Paxton and Seventies-era experimental theater in New York.
Her latest solo efforts include a retrospective exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien (2017) and VOX centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal (2013). Her artwork frequently features in international exhibitions, festivals, and film programs, including recently at Tate Modern, London; Migros Museum, Zürich; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; South London Gallery, London; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Born in 1962 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Rosângela Rennó is based in Rio de Janeiro. Her work on photographs, objects and installations uncovers the many political aspects of photographic representation and understanding; she also explores the relationship between memory and forgetfulness by appropriating images from various sources such as flea markets, the Internet and institutional archives.
Forgotten and fragile photographic archives as well as 'dead files' have inspired Rennó to counter and reframe recurring narratives of ‘structural ignorance’ and the deliberate revisionism used to exclude large segments of the population, particularly in Brazil and other countries in the southern hemisphere. She also applies the same conceptual approach to producing videos and artists' books.
In 2015, Kering launched Women In Motion at the Festival de Cannes with the with the aim of shining a light on women in filmmaking, both before and behind the camera. Since its creation, the program has become an essential focus of the Festival, expanding to include the fields of photography, music, choreography, art, and design. Through its annual Awards, the program recognizes inspirational figures and young talents, while its Talks provide an opportunity for leading personalities to share their views on women's representation in their profession.