Womxn in Windows: 2020

The Prophetess (2018) by Sylvie Weber. Photos by Douglas Fenton.

Mask up and take a stroll down Chinatown’s historic Chung King Road in Los Angeles for the second annual Womxn in Windows exhibition of video works by womxn filmmakers and video artists. On view 24 hours a day from October 15 through November 15, 2020, spectators can watch the films in the 12 windows from the street, and tune in to the audio of each film via a QR code on the window.

(Hi, I Know You Missed Me) (2020) and (I Am Arab) (2019) by Reimi Akil.
Photos by Douglas Fenton.

This year, eight female filmmakers and video artists composed pieces that explore the complexities for women in culture, religion and society and the on-going desire for equality. The artists—Christine Yuan, Everlane Moraes, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kilo Kish, Kya Lou, Rémie Akl, Rikkí Wright and Sylvie Weber—come from backgrounds spanning the United States, Brazil, Lebanon, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic and Germany.

Photos by Douglas Fenton.

“This has been a heavy year for all of us in America and across the world. In the midst of a global pandemic, movements for Black lives and Indigenous sovereignty, environmental disasters, extreme income inequality, mass corruption, dictatorships across countries, religious injustices and ethnic cleansing, an impending election and a cultural revolution, it felt more necessary than ever to produce this year’s exhibition, support artists financially and to continue engaging with audiences not naturally inclined to seek such work out,“ says founder and curator Zehra Ahmed. “As an immigrant womxn, I am reminded that I have grown personally because of the people I have encountered, the values that I have learned along the way, and the multiple experiences I have had across cultures, societies, and faiths. These experiences have led me to believe that we all want the same thing; a just and free life where we can all receive equal rights, love and recognition because of who we uniquely are. We are all different and that is our strength.”

In Limbo (2018) by Christine Yuan. Photos by Douglas Fenton.

The socially-distant format will also be streamed online for those who wish to stay home. For further information visit womxninwindows.com

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