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On Saturday 10 March 2018, the ACP in partnership with UNSW Galleries presented an all-female panel of photojournalists, film-makers and social commentators to offer unseen perspectives on inequality and discuss the vital role of female documentary photographers and film-makers in presenting the everyday realities of women and their families across the globe.

Presented in conjunction with International Women's Day 2018 and the exhibition In Your Dreams, the panelists shared their dreams for the future, and the persistence and activism required to #PressforProgress in the historically male dominated industry of photography and film.

Led by Prof. Vera Mackie, panelists Raphaela Rosella, Tanya Habjouqa and Mary Zournazi discussed their work in reference to gender parity and global movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. 


About the speakers

Prof. Vera Mackie
Vera Mackie is Associate Dean, Research and Senior Professor of Asian Studies in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong. She is Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research.

She is Chief Investigator with Sarah Ferber and Nicola Marks, on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on 'IVF and New Reproductive Technologies: The Global Experience' (2015 - 2017); and Chief Investigator, with Diane Kirkby, Tanya Fitzgerald and Tangerine Holt on an ARC Linkage Project on 'Fostering Women's Leadership through Educational Exchange, 1930–1980'.  She has held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship focusing on ‘From Human Rights to Human Security: Changing Paradigms for Dealing with Inequality in the Asia-Pacific Region' (2010–2014) and an Australian Research Council Australian Professorial Fellowship (2004–2009) focusing on ‘The Cultural History of the Body in Modern Japan’. 

Tanya Habjouqa
Tanya Habjouqa is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator. Her practice links social documentary, collaborative portraiture and participant observation. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for ever-shifting socio-political dynamics in the Middle East. She has exhibited extensively internationally, including a solo exhibition at the New Museum, New York, and group exhibitions at Malmo Art Museum, Sweden, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2014, she won the World Press Award.

Raphaela Rosella
Raphaela Rosella is an Australian photographer working in the tradition of long-form documentary storytelling. Her work explores the lived experience of several young women facing social disadvantage in Australia. Raphaela also works as a community artist and youth mentor with non-profit community arts and cultural development organisation Beyond Empathy. She has exhibited extensively including: Photoquai (France), Noorderlicht Photofestival (Netherlands) and Photo Ireland (Ireland). In 2014 she was selected to attend World Press Photo’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass held in Amsterdam.

Mary Zournazi
Mary Zournazi is an Australian filmmaker, writer and philosopher. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of several books including ‘Hope – New Philosophies for Change’, and ‘Keywords to War ­– Reviving Language in an Age of Terror’, and most recently ‘Inventing Peace – a dialogue on perception’ co-authored with the German film director Wim Wenders. Her critical interests include philosophy of culture, politics of hope, questions of care, memory, rethinking dementia, notions of belonging, identity and home.



Tanya Habjouqa participation in this program has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Embassy of the United States of America. 

In Your Dreams is presented in partnership with the UNSW Galleries in association with Sydney Festival, UNSW Centre for Ideas and the Grand Challenge on Inequality. Affiliated programs are supported by the City of Sydney, Embassy of France and Embassy of the United States of America.


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