“You can judge a nation, and how successful it will be, based on how it treats its women and its girls,” tweeted President Barack Obama in 2014. We would like to add that you can judge the quality of a man by his attitude towards the fairer sex.
“You can judge a nation, and how successful it will be, based on how it treats its women and its girls.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 23, 2014
WOMEN: New Portraits, an exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by Annie Leibovitz opens at the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as part of a 10-city tour.
Leibovitz’s new work is a continuation of a project that began more than 15 years ago when she collaborated with Susan Sontag on a series of photographs called WOMEN. Essentially a work in progress, new additions to the body of work reflect the evolving roles of women in society today and include women of outstanding achievement in art, music, sport, business, politics, human rights, etc, such as Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafzai, Adele and Misty Copeland.
Jurg Zeltner, president of wealth management at UBS said, “As the largest wealth manager in the world our focus is on individuals. We are delighted to be collaborating with Annie on a project that celebrates female talent and women who are making a positive difference in their communities. This exhibition tour builds on our longstanding support of initiatives that encourage new audiences to engage in contemporary art.”
Leibovitz, who is probably most famous for her celebrity portraits, advertising campaigns and her work for Vogue, has been amazed at how the project opens our eyes to see the diversity and multi-dimensionality in women and their lives, in a way that is rarely captured in glossy magazines. You see this in her images of four Vegas showgirls on and offstage, capturing how they are also mothers, sisters and individuals.
The exhibition is on till 22 May. Admission is free. The programme includes photography workshops with Annie Leibovitz. These are also free by registration is required at ubs.com/annieleibovitz-learning.