New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel St., New Bedford, is pleased to announce the September 9 opening of its new exhibit, Women’s Work: At Sea, On Shore, At Home, In the Community. The exhibit will shine a light on the many roles women play in commercial fishing communities.
The public is invited to meet the featured photographers at an opening reception from 6:00-8:00 pm, 9/9; the exhibit will remain on view in the Center’s gallery through March 2022.
Through photographs and oral histories, the exhibit profiles more than sixty women from fishing communities in Mass., Maine, and Rhode Island, and amplifies the voices and experience of women who work in what is often perceived to be a male-dominated world. The exhibit features the photography of Shareen Davis, Markham Starr, and Phil Mello, and draws on oral history interviews conducted over the past 15 years.
Visitors will meet women who work on deck as fishermen and scientists, on shore as welders and electricians, women who own businesses and boats, and women who advocate on behalf of the fishing industry. The exhibit also explores topics ranging from “What do You Call a Woman who Fishes?” to “Women in Myths and Marketing.” Please email programs@ fishingheritagecenter.org with any questions.
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