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Retrospective + Workshop at Cortona on the Move
donna ferrato
Jun 14, 2017

American Woman / American Donna: 40 Years (1970s-2010s)


Donna's first retrospective opens at the Cortona On The Move Festival in Cortona, Italy on July 13, 2017


A four-decade-long journey: that of the American woman and of Donna Ferrato’s life and career. “American Woman” is the first time that photographs from Ferrato’s domestic violence, personal, and swingers’ archives are brought together into one exhibition.

The photographs never condemn the women in them; if there is condemnation it is for the role society has constructed for them. The images are a study of the objectifying male gaze, as well as the female gaze—Ferrato’s own. They show the links between sex, love, and violence.

“American Woman” is broken up into three general time periods and themes following Ferrato’s career as a photographer and the changing roles women have undergone in the United States since the 1970s: a journey through women’s liberation, submissiveness and ultimate awakening.

Join us for the opening at Cortona on July 13th, or see the exhibition any time until October 1st, 2017. 

Erotic Eye Workshop comes to Cortona July 16-17

For the first time, the Erotic Eye Workshop will be offered as a two-day intensive in conjunction with the American Woman exhibition. Be prepared for some major surprises (as usual) in this raunchy and rowdy workshop.


photo: Dyke March, Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1996