Welcome to the photo exhibition “Women in Photography” at Gazelli Art House Baku organised by VarYox.az with the support of the Danish Cultural Institute. The event features selected photographs depicting female images by 21 local female photographers.
The exhibition’s goal is to provide a platform for women photographers and contribute to the elimination of gender inequality in photography and in the art sector as a whole. Selected photos aim to challenge stereotypes of femininity and draw attention to the diversity of being females in the world. Profits from sales will be donated to “Clean World” Aid to Women Public Union.
Some of the exhibited works are portraits of women in and outside of Azerbaijan, of various religions and ethnicities, age groups and lifestyles. Some are, in the eyes of their photographers, symbolisms of being a woman in today’s world. With these, artists are attempting to show women’s desires to break free from limitations and express their authentic identities.
Gender inequality is a global issue. Although the majority of art sector employees are female, very few women are in leadership and decision-making roles. Museums and private buyers worldwide have fewer artworks by female artists in their collections than by male artists. More men are represented in art exhibitions, especially in solo ones. Despite a high number of females in art education, fewer women build careers in the sector and even fewer maintain those careers for a lifetime. Reasons behind the inequality are social, financial and cultural constraints and stereotypes consistently faced by women.
One of the effective ways to fight inequality is to provide women artists with a platform to self-express and to support them in improving their skills and knowledge. It is our aim to achieve these through this exhibition. Participating photographers have already received a one-day training on marketing and sales as part of the project.
Aygun Azim, Aynur Kazimova, Amira Suleyman, Fidan Namig Gizi, Iglima Mammadli, Irada Gadirova, Ksenia Shirinova, Lali Binyatova, Laman Imanova, Maryam Mirzayeva, Nadejda Javad, Naila Dadashzada, Nargiz Yusifova, Narmina Agayeva, Marta Ramazanova, Rena Affandi, Shahla Abbakirova, Sharaf Nagiyeva, Sitara Ibrahimbayli, Sura Madatova and Tomris Alakbarova.
If you would like more information about the exhibition, please contact us at [email protected]