She Who Tells a Story
The viewpoint of women photographers from the Arab world is the focus of the MFA’s exhibit She Who Tells a Story. I found this collection of images incredibly powerful and thought-provoking, and I definitely recommend that you plan a visit to the MFA before January 12 to see it!
Several years ago the curator, Kristen Gresh, was living and working in Egypt, and it was there that she discovered many of the work of many of the featured photographers. Of the dozen photographers, four are Iranian, and all are either working in or have roots in the Middle East. “Reflecting on the power of politics and the legacy of war, the photographs in this exhibition challenge Western notions about the ‘Orient,’ examine the complexities of identity, and redefine documentary as a genre,” says Ms. Gresh. The first exhibit of its kind, She Who Tells a Story challenges expectations and offers a window into the Middle East through the lens of these very talented women.
She Who Tells a Story, on view until Januray 12. MFA, Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue. Open Saturday-Tuesday, 10am – 4:45pm; Wednesday- Friday, 10am – 9:45pm. Admission (includes repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and students, and free for 17 and younger weekdays after 3pm and weekends (otherwise $10). Wednesday nights after 4pm admission is by contribution. For more information, visit the MFA website.