Women and Food Photographic Exhibition in Easthampton

Women and Food Photographic Exhibition
September 3rd – September 30th
Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery

Springfield Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, her daughter, Mahmooda, and son, Dawud.

Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery will display local artist and writer Sarah Platanitis’ photographic project, “Women and Food,” this September.  Platanitis edits and writes for the blog Sarah in the Kitchen, and developed The Women and Food Project while working on articles for the blog, for which she visited women from many walks of life in their kitchens and food-related spaces.

“During interviews, I would hear such great side stories that I sadly couldn’t include in the pieces. Still, I wrote them down anyway, hoping that one day I could go back and spend time again with these women,” says Platanitis. “I wanted to learn more about why they do what they do when it comes to food.”

When asked how she thought this exhibit would appeal to a younger audience, Platanitis explains, “I think a younger audience would benefit from seeing the exhibit because the women in the Project are great role models.  They are successful at their work, they give back to their communities and they love what they do…”

Northampton chef and caterer Ashley Rebecca Barton of Brave New Cupcake.

The works on display are documentary-style photographs, supplemented by traditional hard-copy interpretive texts and interview excerpts, as well as more modern media like QR codes that link to additional audio and video pieces relating to the project.  Each component of the exhibition helps to tell the stories of the women featured in the images – and visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute their own food-related memories to the exhibition,  This type of interaction will aid with expanding the conversation and helping to identify both the differences and the unifying themes throughout the women, cultures, and kitchens of Western Massachusetts, the United States, and the world.  With its multifaceted, multimedia display approach, opportunities for audience participation, and the illumination of unique, creative women and their stories, this exhibition has something for everyone.

The exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, September 3, 2013 through Monday, September 30th, 2013.  The Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery is open Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays from noon-6pm.  413-527-8278.  Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery, 43 Main St.  Easthampton, MA.  FREE.

For more information: womenandfoodproject.com.

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