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March 16-18, 2023

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"What does this have to do with photography?" The early years of the SPE Women's Caucus

Invited Panel, moderated by Ariel Evans

Saturday, March 18 - 9:00AM to 10:45AM
Grand Ballroom I

From 1980 to today, the SPE Women's Caucus has advanced women's equitable inclusion in the discipline of photography. Early Caucus members fought for the representation of women artists and feminist issues in SPE conferences and publications. They powerfully demonstrated that photographic education's seemingly-apolitical aesthetic criteria, histories, and practices had long relied on and supported white male supremacy—that is, they showed what the politics of identity "has to do" with photography. 

This program brings together artists active in the Caucus' first ten years to discuss the organization's 1980s projects and campaigns, including a job survey and a guest-edited exposure issue. Panelists will recount the group's challenges and successes in transforming the SPE.

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