WOMEN. A changing word

Santa Maria della Vita , from 15/02/2020 to 17/05/2020

The story of women in the world is a complex story full of difficulties, joyful love and redemption.

Through the lens of the greatest reporters of National Geographic, women have been portrayed in every latitude of the world and at all times, for almost a century of history to tell the changes of women through different perspectives.

Women. A changing world is the new photographic exhibition created in collaboration with the National Geographic Society. A critical look at the world situation of women, celebrating their strength and at the same time denouncing cultural inequalities.

The 6-section exhibitionBeauty / Beauty, Joy / Joy, Love / Love, Wisdom / Wisdom, Strength / Strength, Hope / Hope – collects a selection of images from the extraordinary National Geographic archive focusing on problems , the challenges of yesterday, today and tomorrow in different countries and eras.

Each image portrays some aspects of female existence and shows the public how the figure of the woman and her representation has evolved over time. So the festive images of the samba dancers who flock to the streets during the Salvador da Bahia carnival alternate with those of the tea leaf pickers in Sri Lanka. And yet the portrait of an Afghan woman in red full-face burqa carrying a cage of goldfinches on her head, a powerful metaphor of oppression, contrasts with the image of freedom and beauty of a cigarette break in Lagos, Nigeria.

100 years after the granting of voting rights to women in the United States, the exhibition reflects on the past, present and future of women, illustrating some aspects and focusing on the development objectives that see them at the center of every process of social, political and economic growth .

An exhibition section is dedicated to Portraits / Portraits, intimate shots and biographies of a group of iconic women, political activists, scientists and celebrities interviewed by National Geographic for a special issue of the magazine published in November 2019, at the time of the first woman to direct of the Susan Goldberg newspaper.

Portraits include those of Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives in America, the presenter Oprah Winfrey, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Life Senator Liliana Segre.

A special thanks to

Main Sponsor: Stefauto
Sponsor: Coop, BPERBanca, Anaci e LloydsFarmacia

Opening Hours

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm


Santa Maria della Vita

via Clavature 8-10, Bologna

Admission tickets

Open 12

Full price 10

Reduced price 8

– Ticket holder of “Compianto Niccolò dell’Arca
– Children from 6 to 18 years old
– Ticket for other Genus Bononiae offices
– Students – Culture Card
– Bologna Welcome Card
– TPer annual subscribers
– ANACI Associates

Reduced groups 8

minimum 15 people

Free admission

– Children accompanied up to 5 years
– Visitor with disabilities and companion
– Group leader
– Genus Bononiae Membership Card holders
– Guides with badge
– Journalists with a regular Order card and upon request for accreditation to the address exhibitions@genusbononiae.it;

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