It was a surprise to be chosen as one of the twelve Women’s Caucus of the Arts members to be featured for a month on the front page of the WCA website. The “Featured Artist” section of the website includes 3 rotating images. It was hard to choose 3 images to represent my work. The size of the images on the site is small so I had the added consideration of photos that look will beautiful in that size. I chose one from each of my suites of photographs.
I feel like “Miss February”.
Hwangbo Kangja is an activist for human rights, especially minority rights in Japan. Her work is focused in the Kansai. She is a feminist who works for women’s rights in many ways, including being active member of the Zainichi Korean group that works to support the “comfort women“. (Comfort women were women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War II. The name “comfort women” is a translation of the Japanese euphemism.) I met her through my Women of Japan project. As part of her collaboration on the project, she went with me to Hokkaido and introduced me to the Ainu women that I photographed. Her help was both valuable and indispensable. The photo is from my Women of Japan project.
Jonathan Segel is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. He performs improvisational acoustic and digital solos (or with others as Chaos Butterfly), in the revived Camper Van Beethoven, as the bandleader in his eponymous band, and is an occasional contributor to music from the Big City Orchestra. Segel currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden where he has most recently collaborated with the experimental improvised band The Muffin Ensemble. I met him through my daughter Cid. He has composed superb music for her dances. The photograph is a framing from my book Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes
Debbie Notkin is my writing partner, including editing the text for Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes and editing the text and co-authoring the keynote essay for Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes. We have worked together since 1984 on issues of body image and visibility, writing and co-authoring numerous essays and papers. Among the books she’s edited, she compiled (with Karen Joy Fowler) 80! Memories and Reflections of Ursula Le Guin as an 80th birthday present for the renowned author. She also works as an organizer of Strike Debt Bay Area. The photograph is from my book Women En Large:Images of Fat Nudes