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The Dennos Museum Center

Celebrating Women

September 19, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Forty-two of Paola Gianturco's vibrant color photographs feature festivals that honor women's roles, rites of passage, attributes, accomplishments, and spiritual lives. 

The exhibit includes images from these celebrations:

  • Swaziland's Reed Dance celebrates women as virgins
  • Poland's Noc Šwietojaňsk Festival celebrates women as magical
  • India's Kali Puja celebrates women as warriors
  • Sweden's Festival of Sankta Lucia celebrates women as kind
  • Brazil's Festival of Boa Morte celebrates women as political
  • Morocco's Marriage Festival celebrates women as initiators

Paola Gianturco's involvement with women internationally is long standing. As a photojournalist, she has documented women's lives in 40 countries, was Chairman of the Board of The Crafts Center in Washington DC, worked with low income artisans in 79 countries, and was a board member of the Association for Women's Rights in Development. Before becoming a full-time photographer, she spent 34 years in marketing and communications.

The Dennos is offering a series of events in conjunction with exhibition, including lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and concerts.

More information can be found on the Celebrating Women project and Paola Gianturco online at

Michigan Humanities Council

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.