"Voices of Resistance"Image courtesy of Perspective Fine Arts Photography Gallery

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The Perspective Fine Arts Photography Gallery, 1310 ½ Chicago Ave., presents Vanessa Filley’s “Voices of Resistance,” from Jan.31 – Feb.24. Since the founding of the United States, voices of resistance have given rise to concerns and movements to improve the quality of life for a greater cross section
of “The People.” 

Ms. Filley’s series looks to the past for an understanding of the struggles, gallant efforts and endurance of those who came before. It seeks to find inspiration in the work they did laying the cornerstones of who we are today as a nation. It builds a bridge of conversation between then and now in order to connect more deeply with those who were ignored and devalued in the past. Moreover, the series strives to imagine a more inclusive, brighter future for generations to come.

The images in “Voices of Resistance” revisit the lives of numerous historical figures both real and, in some cases, partially imagined, such as Harriet Tubman, Betsy Ross, Frances Willard, Ida B. Wells, Frances Harper (African American Abolitionist, suffragist, poet and teacher) Pandita Ramabai (Indian social reformer, pioneer in education and emancipation of women) of change and examine the causes and struggles for justice that have transcended time.

Their scope spans from the fight for abortion rights, voting rights, immigration rights, the right to bear arms and the #MeToo movement, to the thread of history that runs through the abolition of slavery, the anti-lynching movement, the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Inspired by the Women’s Marches in January 2017/ 2018, the recent Year of the Woman and the November 2018 elections, Ms. Filley says, “It has felt imperative to look to the past for reminders of hope, to see a timeline of change that respects the humanity of the many over the few. It is from the triumphs of history that we can imagine a more hopeful union.”

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In conjunction with her exhibition Ms. Filley will be at Perspective Gallery making images using the backdrop for her “Revolution” photograph featured in the Voices of Resistance show. The idea is to make a series of images of people who self-identify as Resistors of the current presidential administration. Participants should feel free “to bring a protest sign, a costume that may inspire you, or just bring yourself and the power of your presence.” The photo shoot will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 9.