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Exhibition: Women in Focus

National Museum Cardiff
5 May 2018 – 27 January 2019
Cost Free
Suitability all
photo of Marliyn Monroe

USA. Nevada. US actress Marilyn Monroe on the Nevada desert going over her lines for a difficult scene she is about to play with Clarke Gable in the film “The Misfits” by John Huston, 1960 © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Women in Focus is a year-long exhibition that explores the role of women in photography, both as producers and subjects of images. The exhibition draws on works from the permanent photographic collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.

The exhibition celebrates the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography, from the first pioneering women photographers in Wales, to emerging contemporary practitioners including Chloe Dewe Mathews, Bieke Depoorter and Clementine Schneidermann. It also explores the way in which women have been represented as subjects in photography, from intimate and playful 19th century staged family portraits by Robert Thompson Crawshay, through their depiction in the field of war by eminent photographers such Phillip Jones Griffiths, to contemporary portraiture, fashion and journalism. The work invites us to examine how photography has been used to mis-represent women through objectification and idealisation, an issue that has particular currency in today’s climate.

Women in Focus has been programmed to coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918, which enabled some women over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. This Act marked a key moment in the fight for universal suffrage.

Please be aware that the exhibition will be closed 13-20 November for some images to be changed.

Events supporting this exhibition:

Amgueddfa Cymru would like to thank David Hurn for his support. The exhibition features a number of recent acquisitions that David has gifted to the Museum, continuing his tradition of swapping prints.

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