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“Women hate other women,” Madonna recently quipped in an article with Billboard magazine in an attempt to reconcile the fact that a majority of white women cast their votes for Donald Trump rather than for contender Hillary Clinton. All politics aside, however, from empirical evidence, I’d tastefully disagree with “Madge.”
Today, in an historical snap of a shutter, over 400 female and female-identifying South Florida artists gathered at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) to record their love and solidarity for one another photographically in the tertiary segment of the “Now Be Here” series. The community gathering was organized as the third in a series conceptualized by LA-based artist Kim Schoenstadt. The “Now Be Here” project commenced in August 2016 at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles back when 733 female/female-identifying subjects gathered for a photo during a show featuring Abstract Sculpture by Women. The second installment showcased a gathering of 600 at the Brooklyn Museum.
On to the next one -- last, but certainly not least, was today in “sunny” Miami. (It was literally pouring buckets and the rain-or-shine shoot was moved indoors to accommodate MOTHER Nature.) The event could not have been made possible without PAMM’s gracious hospitality but more importantly to the people that brought it to fruition. Namely, the amazing artist and curator Jane Hart, PAMM Associate Curator Diana Nawi, photographer Gesi Schilling and Sarah Michelle Rupert of Girls’ Club Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, as well as many others, including all of the gracious attendees.
As lucky #25 of over 400, I can attest to the fact that the energy in the room was tremendously contagious and the feeling veered much more towards love, open dialogue and progress than hating one another or being trapped in the past. It was inspiring to see so many creative, inspired female and female-identifying creatives & “Nasty Women” in a single space and get lost in the moment. As artist/curator Jane Hart put it, “It is an idea realized upon the notion of our collective diversity and the inclusiveness of our community. Let’s be together and fully present with another.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. For this reason it’s very clear, not only is the future female, but so too is the present.
As proof that women love other women but more importantly that people generally love other people please enjoy all of the moments that Los Bandidos captured today and feel free to share and tag yourselves. After all, you have a ton of milliseconds in life to #nowbehere.
© Photos & Text Los Bandidos del Arte, LLC. 2016.