A MONTH LONG EXHIBITION & COMMUNITY SPACE CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FEMALE COMMUNITY
FEMAISSANCE SHOWCASES A NEW GENERATION OF FEMALE CREATORS,
REDEFINING HISTORY ON OUR OWN TERMS.
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GIRLS GET SH*T DONE.
In what ways do you feel Femaissance empowers women?
MR: I don’t think I fully understood the impact the show would have on its visitors until we opened the doors. It wasn’t until a high school junior from Jennings, LA started crying because she “didn’t know places like this existed,” a San Francisco art student said it “reminded her why she made art,” a New Orleans woman said, “we need this space so badly right now,” or a 3-year-old instinctively gave me a hug after I told her “it’s all girls,” that I realized Femaissance was doing something powerful.
Interview with "Modern Girls"
You could say it started with a keychain.
Yep, in many ways, a tiny metal accessory created by female workspace, The Wing, was the spark for our first exhibition, simply titled Femaissance. Plus an inspiring combination of boredom in the dead of summer, too much Instagram, #nonewfriends, fatigue from Trumpism, a hunger to collab, and, yes, the keychain with an m.o. that informed our aesthetic, conversations, and life choices.
the bravado of the tiny key chain kept our chins held high
It encouraged us to say yes and no, to go to Japan or join running krewes, to live dangerously and be boring. It inspired us enough that when Femaissance Art Director Jamie Lehr said she wanted to do an all-female guest curation where she was Gallery Director, Maddy immediately seized the opportunity. “On the condition that my best friend is on board."
Temporarily "Untitled Femme Space," we weren't even quite sure how to express what we were feeling. Our research - spent mostly in Maddy's living room on Sunday afternoons - reflected a live process of self-discovery and brainstorming what the female art community of New Orleans could express in one room. Artist by artist, we knew we were onto something, and we believed in spending as much time on our phones as possible to eventually bring as many womxn together under one roof.
We locked down 20 artists, and in a twist of cosmic fate, the patriarchal tower came tumbling down with #MeToo. Our increasing appetite for anything female-centric could now be felt all around, and with the opening Femaissance, our “exhibition and community space” was suddenly propelled into a full-blown movement. We suddenly realized the potential of the project—more than anything—to impact, inspire, and continue important conversations. And most of all, that this was most definitely not a one time thing.