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The female gaze of the Girlfriends collective takes over LA Art Book Fair

Girlfriends collective, the curatorial project focusing on all girl independent publications in the photography field, presented some days ago their latest series of fanzines, books and magazines, along with a selection of limited edition prints, at the Printed Matter’s annual LA Art Book Fair that was held at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Girlfriends is formed by a group of female photographers from all over the world, including Maya Fuhr (Toronto), Dana Boulos (LA), Valerie Phillips (London), Monika Mogi (Tokyo), Rebecca Storm (Canada), Dafy Hagai (Tel Aviv) and the Editorial Magazine (Montreal), who share similar aesthetics and explore akin concepts like age, teenagehood, gender roles and body image, all portrayed through a female point of view. The collective was born four years ago, when Dafy Hagai and Monica Mogi, members of Petra Collins’s all female The Ardorous Collective, met in person in an exhibition in LA organized by Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie magazine.

The photographers, who come from diverse cultural backgrounds, keep in touch through social media, proving that internet can be an excellent tool of communication. Their stand at LA Art Book Fair, which brought together from January 30 to February 1 more than 250 independent publishers from all over the world, offered a glimpse of their excellent work, showing that now, more than ever, we need a powerful alternative to the male dominated art world. “It’s inspiring for me that so many young, female photographers from culturally diverse backgrounds can come together and share their work,” Rebecca Storm told I-D. “We’re all self-published, so it can be frustrating to reach an audience when you’re creating alone. By coming together we can share with everyone—it’s special to support and to be supported by one another.”