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Women – Out of The Frame Photographic Exhibition

Women - Out of The Frame Photographic Exhibition
Women – Out of The Frame Photographic Exhibition

Out of The Frame

The Women – Out of The Frame Photographic Exhibition
will be held from 5th to 10th July 2013 at the Lionel Wendt Art
, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Undertaken by Sri Lankan photographer Menika
van der Poorten   in conjunction with the
National Peace Council of Sri Lanka this landmark photography project and exhibition
on women provides the ideal platform to showcase the talent of 45 photographers
(men and women) from across the island, and beyond, both professionals and

These photographers’ perspectives help to change the way we see
women. The photographs selected for this exhibition capture a moment or moments
revealing the complexity of women’s lives – whether it is women from different
walks of life in the same frame, women living in a war and conflicted affected environments
or elders going about their daily routine.

The project’s aim is to provide photographers in Sri
Lanka a platform to present images that ‘go beyond the traditional, objectified
and stereotypical portrayal of women common in mainstream media’. Submissions came
from Battaramulla, Batticaloa, Bemmulla, Trincomalee, Hikkaduwa, Jaffna, Kandy,
Kurunegala, Matara, Hambantota, Vavuniya, 
Warkapola and beyond, achieving one of the project’s main objectives
which was to reach out to photographers countrywide, particularly those who,
due  to war, had limited access to this
type of cultural exchange. As Cynthia Cohen’s study Creative approaches to Reconciliation illustrates, “investment in
the arts and cultural work are critical to promoting coexistence and
reconciliation in the aftermath of violent conflict.”
As a country emerging from a thirty-year conflict, visual
media is pivotal in shaping opinions and perceptions. During the period of the
exhibition a series of presentations and workshops that support the education,
and development of conceptual and technical photographic skills, will be conducted.
The workshop programme will encompass digital workflow, telling a story through
photography and will encourage discussion and debate on context, ethics and the
importance of visual media in making meaning.
“To say that
photographs lie implies that they might tell the truth; but the beauty of their
nature is exactly to say nothing, neither to lie nor not to.”
—Stanley Cavell
An exhibition catalogue will be available and the exhibition
website ( will be
launched to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. These exhibition and workshops
are supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the National Peace Council, and
the Goethe Institute.
For more information on this project and exhibition email
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