This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the 30th anniversary of the Alexia Grants is marked with the publication of The Alexia 30 Years: From Tragedy to Light. Plus the HERE I AM: Art by Great Women cultural arts festival in Canberra is now on.
The Alexia 30 Years: From Tragedy to Light
For over 30 years the Alexia Grants have supported the work of documentary photographers around the world, both professionals and students who are working for social change. To celebrate this milestone The Alexia has published a new book curated and designed by Bill Marr, former Creative Director of National Geographic – The Alexia 30 Years.
Mike Davis, Director of The Alexia, which is run out of Syracuse University (NY), says “Our goal in producing the book was to bring forward 30 years of dedication to powerful visual storytelling that touched the world. We hope it affects you as well.”
Thematically presented, the book canvasses important social issues ranging from violence against women and climate change to drug addiction and racial inequality.
“The Alexia promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness. Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia supports photographers as agents for change.” This new book reaffirms the important work that photographers are undertaking around the world and why grants like The Alexia are so important in enabling these stories to be told.
Photographers featured in the book include Ami Vitale, Marcus Bleasdale, Stephanie Sinclair, Louie Palu, Farzana Hossen, Katie Orlinsky, Abir Adbullah and Matt Eich amongst others.
The book also includes a deeply moving dedication by Aphrodite Tsairis, The Alexia Foundation co-founder and the mother of Alexia for whom the Foundation was established. In 1988 Alexia was a student at Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. That year, on 21 December, she was killed at the age of 20 in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
You can buy the book here.
HERE I AM
HERE I AM: Art by Great Women is a summer-long cultural arts festival being held in Canberra at Kambri and aMBUSH Gallery, both located at the Australian National University (ANU). It is inspired by the National Gallery of Australia’s Know My Name initiative which both celebrates the contribution of Australian women artists to our cultural life, and calls for gender equity.
HERE I AM: Art by Great Women features a range of activities including the massive Kambri outdoor public art exhibition held along Exhibition Avenue which showcases the work of 24 contemporary artists on large cubes.
Over at aMBUSH Gallery the HERE I AM exhibition features more than 30 female artists, both established and emerging, including photographers Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario and Claire Martin. There are some fabulous multi-disciplinary artworks on show also by Lucy O’Doherty, Amala Groom, Tracey Deep, Jane Gillings, 23rd Key, Minna Leunig, Bohie Paleck, Faith, Jenna Lee, Mafalda Vasconcelos, Bronte Leighton-Dore and Holly Greenwood, to name a few.
Until 28 February
aMBUSH Gallery, Cultural Centre Kambri, ANU Building 153 Level 2, Acton