ADVICE ON SOURCING IMAGES
You can find incredible photographs and art of women in libraries, archives, press, art galleries, museums and family albums. If an image doesn't exist for the woman you want to celebrate you can commission an artist or illustrator to capture her character. Authentic representation is paramount - please refrain from using airbrushed images.
Image quality is essential. The higher the image resolution, the stronger and sharper the image will appear when projected on rough surfaces. Please seek the advice of a projector technician when selecting suitable images for your chosen 'canvas'.
During your selection process, please be conscious of creating a democracy of representation, celebrating unknown and voiceless women with national heroines. Likewise, where possible, please showcase new and lost talent beside established names, when choosing artists and photographers. This is the Herstory philosophy.
Dani Gill curated the Galway programme for Illuminate Herstory 2017, selecting these images to capture historical, mythological and contemporary women from the West of Ireland. Below, Dani explains the rationale behind her curation...
''The Galway 2017 selection of images came from three areas. One image represents the past, it is an archive photograph of the women of the Galway Fishmarket, given by Darragh Bogan. It is a beautiful, haunting image, and the backdrop is the Claddagh Basin, which is obviously synonymous with Galway. When projected onto the building, the only face you see is the second from the left, the other faces are lost in the windows of the castle. I thought that this made the image more confrontational, it echoes the theme of women being lost and you feel that the women who are looking at you is very deliberately seeking you out.
Also representing the past, but from the aspect of folklore and myth, is the illustration of Queen Maeve, given by Courtney Davies. The colours are stunning, and Queen Maeve is such an important figure for the west in general, the inclusion of this was a nod to the larger area of Connacht and its history of strong women.
Finally, Julia Dunin's contemporary photography constituted the rest of the show. Julia is a well known female photographer in Galway and her portraits of women in particular are stunning. I chose a selection from her extensive catalogue, of women in states of erasure. I selected images of women who had their backs to the camera, or women who were covering part of their face, or women who are only seen as an outline. I felt that this matched the theme of forgotten women emerging from the shadows, into the light."