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"Village Works: Photographs by Women in China's Yunnan Province"
1999-09-14 until 2000-01-09
Davis Museum and Cultural Center
USA United States of America
This exhibition of some 75 compelling color photographs documents an extraordinary project in rural Yunnan, China. They are selected
from some 25,000 photographs taken between June 1992 and June 1993 by sixty-nine Chinese women taking part in a
Ford-Foundation-sponsored project called PhotoVoice.
The photographers--- village women and Women's Federation cadres, aged 18 to 57 years--- had no previous experience with
photography. Yet, they learned to use Instamatic cameras to record the familiar people, scenes, and events around them.
The images the Yunnan women created show, from their different perspectives, the daily life, work, health, education, children, and
customs of local ethnic groups. Together, the photographs form a direct and powerful self-portrait of the lives of Yunnan village women.
Village Works includes a dramatic, innovative installation created by the award-winning firm, Design Writing Research of New York City.
Funds for the Village Works project have been generously provided by the Dr. Babette Becker Asian Studies Fund, E. Franklin Robbins
Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, The Helena Rubinstein Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation, Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28
Fund for World Cultures and Leadership, The Li-Ching Cultural and Educational Foundation, Sandra Cohen and David Bakalar Fund for
Art, and Wellesley College Friends of Art.