Who Does She Think She Is?

I’ve shared info about this beautiful film previously…as a refresher: it’s a documentary film featuring five diverse artists who are also mothers. It explores the question, how do you do what you love, in this case art, and care for who you love? It goes into the economics of art, cultural and historical memory, feminism, family and labor, and so many other key issues of our time.
On Sunday I facilitated a post-screening panel at the Symphony Space in New York, which was streamed online and hosted at seven theaters across the country. You can watch it here.
One of the questions that has often come up in these screenings is the question: is it art if you don’t share it? So many women shy away from putting their work out into the public, much less the marketplace, because they fear it’s not good enough yet, or they don’t want to seem too egocentric, or they just don’t want to have to deal with assigning an economic value to what feels like such an organic process. But if art just sits in a drawer, can it really be considered art? Academy Award-winning producer Pamela Tanner-Boll, who put her blood, sweat, and tears into making this film, thinks not. At a recent talk back she talked about being sick of women making their art small or hiding it from the world. “You have a duty to share your art with the world,” she advocated.
Both the educational release and the house party kit (which is so beautiful, filled with the art of the women featured in the film) are now available. Get your school library to order one. Give it to your artist mom for a holiday gift.(And please let em’ know that you heard about it on Feministing if you decide to order–they’ll make a small donation to us.)

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