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9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Kniznick Gallery
Women's Studies Research Center


No Man's Land: The Women of Mexico

FirewoodFirewood, 2008

Photographs by Dana Romanoff

Sept. 20, 2010 - Dec. 16, 2010

View images of the exhibition.  View the exhibition catalog.

This exhibition of color photographs by Dana Romanoff explored the changing role of women left behind in rural towns of Oaxaca, Mexico, after their husbands and sons travel to the United States in search of work. 

Traditionally, the woman’s role was in the home, performing domestic chores and caring for the children. With their husbands and sons away, the women are now in charge of their families and finances. Despite their husbands’ optimism, some men never return and leave the women as the sole breadwinners for their households. And thus, machismo is giving way to a new structure the women call “pura mujer”— purely women.

Dana Romanoff combines her passion for photography, cultural studies, social issues and multimedia to produce intimate and compelling stories of “pura mujer.”

Dana’s work as a freelance photographer and multimedia producer has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and anthologies. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Charlottesville and Fort Collins and was part of a Charlotte Observer team in 2008 that became a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal Finalist. Dana Romanoff’s documentary video “No Man’s Land: The Women of Mexico” was short-listed for the 2010 Anthropographia Multimedia & Human Rights Award and is currently being screened at film festivals around the globe.

Exhibition Programming

Reception with the Artist
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5-7 p.m.

Artist's Talk & Video Documentary
Thursday, Nov. 11, 12:30 p.m.
WSRC lecture hall

Romanoff will offer a historical context of immigration between Mexico and the United States along with a slideshow of her photographs, followed by a 16-minute documentary that highlights the voices and stories of the women featured in “No Man’s Land: The Women of Mexico.” View the documentary.

Immigration Reform Panel
Thursday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
WSRC Lecture Hall

Policy expert Alexandra Pineros Shields, immigration attorney Steve Gutherz and artist Dana Romanoff will discuss current immigration issues and offer suggestions for reform.

This event is cosponsored by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

Related Events at Lasell College

Lecture by distinguished scholar Eva Millona
Immigrant Integration in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Challenges and Barriers

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 12:30 p.m.
deWitt Hall, Lasell College

Artist's Talk & Video Documentary by Dana Romanoff
(See description above.)
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m.
Rosen Auditorium, Winslow Academic Building, Lasell College