The Museo di Roma in Trastevere hosts “BORN INVISIBLE” a photographic project conceived by Canadian born photographer Sheila McKinnon, curated by Victoria Ericks. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to this project in Rome.
“BORN INVISIBLE” is about the heredity of silence – the inaudible presence of voiceless girls and women; phantom beings whose lives are often decided without their consent. Employing a technique unique to the artistic language McKinnon has developed, her work undergoes a creative process whereby each image can be transformed to become the subject of a thousand lives. She devises “new ways of seeing” images without abandoning the potency of compositional content.
McKinnon uses colour in an iconically alluring way, as a decoy to draw our focus to the central issue: the life of the figure in the frame. Colour, often discussed and praised in McKinnon’s work for its intensity and the beauty it lends to her compositions is the indexical element that sequesters us emotionally, putting us back on course to the debate that has arisen globally about human rights, the “rights” of young girls – women’s role in our societies, sexuality, and gender equality.
The exhibition comprises a selection of fifty photographs and a video presentation.
Sheila McKinnon (www.sheilamckinnon.com) has spent most of her life in Italy. She has worked as a photographer and journalist in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Near East for various European and North American publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Die Welt, Beaux Arts Magazine, Saveur Magazine, the Toronto Globe & Mail, Elle Spain, Elle Hungary and most of the major Italian publications.
She has worked in collaboration with various humanitarian organizations and UN agencies such as UNICEF, the FAO, UNFPA, IDLO, La Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Africare, Aidos and others.
6 June-28 September
Museo di Roma in Trastevere
Piazza S. Egidio 1B
Entry fee €7.5 /6.5