Bethany Mollenkof found out she was pregnant, for the first time, with a girl three months before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the U.S. Photo: Bethany Mollenkof

A large-scale traveling photography exhibition that amplifies the voices of women and gender nonconforming artists is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

We, Women: The Power of We highlights 17 projects made by women and gender nonconforming artists from across the country exploring issues of immigration, education, climate change, race, motherhood and family, gun control, healthcare, religion, criminal justice reform, gentrification, sexual assault and more. 

The exhibition is the first of social impact photography project We, Women, which was founded in response to the 2016 Presidential Election and following era of divisiveness.

“There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” by Stacy Kranitz visualizes resistance and activism associated with the failures of rural healthcare in Appalachia by providing context and resources for how citizens can work together to solve problems associated with declining rural healthcare.

The project, presented by Photoville and Women Photograph, provides funding and mentorship to visual artists who combine photography with community engagement to reframe social and political issues. We, Women: The Power of We includes contributions from a cross section of artists who are all creating socially engaged projects from different corners of the country.

We, Women founders said they selected artists whose contributions demonstrated there was a potential for a different future for this country.

“These artists are all combining photography and community engagement as a way to maximize visibility and impact,” they said in a statement.

Arin Yoon, a military spouse based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, is trying to bridge the divide between civilian and military populations, as well as challenge media stereotypes of the military. Katie Basile’s Dear Newtok project focuses on the Yukon-Kushokwin Delta in Southwest Alaska, which is one of the first regions in the United States to experience forced relocation due to the climate crisis. 

To Be At War by Arin Yoon explores the experiences of military families in Kansas through collaborative photo projects produced with a community tightly bound in their shared experiences and common mission.

Sol Aramendi’s practice centers on collaborating with immigrant communities in New York City and highlights images documenting their daily lives, their labor, and their mutual aid circles. Bethany Mollenkof has focused on documenting pregnant Black women throughout the South, when she found out she was pregnant for the first time shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, she turned the lens on her own personal journey.

Their work, along with the other photographers, will be displayed along construction fencing surrounding Empire Fulton Lawn directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, July 13 and will be on view through September 12, 2021.

Check the website for additional information.

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