NORMAN — “Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls,” an exhibit of photographs by Phil Borges that explore gender issues worldwide, opens Saturday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Sponsored by World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma's award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, “Stirring the Fire” features images that depict the stories and lives of women from around the world and highlights the common themes found in the very different environments in which they live.
“Since the earliest daguerreotypes, photographs have transformed the way we see ourselves, one another and the world around us,” said R.C. Davis-Undiano, executive director of World Literature Today.
“Going back millennia, writers have also transformed our ways of encountering the world. Looking through the eyes of writers and photographers, prepare to be astonished by the power of what images and words can accomplish together.”
The exhibit is being presented in conjunction with the Puterbaugh Festival, a 40-year event through which World Literature Today brings world-class writers to OU for an international symposium, public talks and engagement with students and the public.
Visitors will have opportunities to interact with the featured speakers and experience the festival's theme of gender equality.
The OU School of Art and Art History will present a media slam at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
OU faculty members will select 12 students to show examples of photography, video and performance art on the museum's website.
A round-table discussion on photography will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, which will be followed by a gallery talk with Phil Borges at 11:30 a.m. Guest speakers include Borges, Yousef Khanfar, Todd Stewart, Andrew Strout and Mark White.
“This exhibition is as educational as it is impacting,” said museum director Ghislain d'Humierers. “I hope visitors are able to connect with the striking images of the women portrayed in Mr. Borges' works.”
For more information, call 325-3272, go to www.ou.edu/fjjma or www.puterbaughfestival.org.