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She Says: Women, Words, and Power

July 17 – October 24, 2021

She Says: Women, Words, and Power will present a broad range of approaches contemporary women artists are using with the incorporation of text as an essential part of their artistic practice. Each artist creates and reflects the written word as a formal building block: as way to convey trauma, to assert sexuality, or to investigate power structures on all levels.

The artists come from a wide range of backgrounds and are at different stages of their lives and careers, yet for each one text acts as a powerful visual punch. Their use of text navigates a delicate balance between image and language, personal and universal, or politics and poetry. In their investigations and declarations, we find connection, identity, and a mirror reflecting not only ourselves but the world in which we live.

Featured artists for this exhibition include:

April Bey

Zoë Buckman

Lesley Dill

Meg Hitchcock

Sandra Ramos

Hadieh Shafie

Betty Tompkins

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator.