UC Berkeley, CA, San Francisco Campus, Photography
About Jane Baldwin
Jane Baldwin, an American artist and educator, uses photography, film and audio recordings to document her projects. Baldwin’s most recent project "Kara Women Speak" is a multi-sensory, immersive body of work about women, culture, human rights and the environmental issues that threaten the communities of Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley and Kenya’s Lake Turkana watershed. In 2005 – 2014, Baldwin traveled annually to the region to document women’s stories in their own voices.
Initially, Baldwin traveled to Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley as a photographer. Her advocacy for the human rights and environmental concerns of Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley and Kenya’s Lake Turkana watershed developed slowly and are based on her lived experiences in the field. These experiences became an entry into the issues and fate of the communities of the Omo River Valley and Lake Turkana watershed. The project has become an overlay of women’s stories told through photography, video, ambient sounds, and recorded interviews. Her goal has been to give Voice to the Voiceless, and reveal the humanity of the women and their communities whose stories might otherwise disappear.
Her work has been featured in selected exhibitions, publications, reviews, film festivals and online sites including PBS Learning Media, Global Oneness Project Lesson Plans, "Teaching Inquiry Through the Study of Endangered Cultures;" LensCulture; PeacePalace Library | Bibliothèque du Palais de la Paix; Washington Center for Photography, Washington DC; Washington Post, Washington DC; Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, California; "Women’s Oral History and Photographic Project," Sonoma, California; ServiceSpace, Awakin Call: "Stories from Women and Displaced Natural Communities; Baldwin’s Notes from the Field: Ethiopia Omo River Valley, 2005-2014," Smithsonian Institution, Reclaiming the Edge, Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC; and the 2016 Onassis Cultural Center, "Antigone Now," #istandfor festival, New York, New York.
Baldwin is a founding board member of PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, California; is currently a member of the board of directors of International Rivers, Oakland, California; BA English Literature, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; photography, UC Berkeley, San Francisco campus. Baldwin resides in Sonoma, California.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION | SEPTEMBER 28 – JANUARY 6, 2019
Museo delle Culture (MUDEC) Milan, Italy | "Only the River Remains to Speak," in partnership with the renowned Milanese art research group Studio Azzurro, featured as part of MUDEC’S exhibition "Future Geographies."
2017-2018 Datz Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea | Resonant Voices, two-person show
2017 Eternal Journey, group show, Busan, Korea
2015 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Kara Women Speak | Stories from Women, a solo show, multi-media exhibition of photography, oral histories, video and film, and ambient sounds of the Omo River Valley
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
2004 Frames of Reference, Center of Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
1998 UC Berkeley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Cast of Characters | Outdoor Portraiture, UC Berkley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Gleaning Light | A Survey of Contemporary Pinhole Photography, Washington Center for Photography, Washington DC
1996 Gleaning Light | A Survey of Contemporary Pinhole Photography, Archives Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 Magazine Gitz, vol. 9, Resonant Voices, Datz Press, Seoul Korea, in the collection of the Bowes Art and Architecture Library | Stanford University
2017 Only the River Remains | Kara Women Speak, Datz Press, Seoul Korea, artist book in the collection of the Bowes Art and Architecture Library | Stanford University
2016 ServiceSpace, Awakin Call: Stories from Women and Displaced Natural Communities
2015 (Pending Publication) Notes from the Field: Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley, 2005-2014, by Jane Baldwin, Smithsonian publication Urban Waterways Project, that serves as a companion piece to the Smithsonian exhibition, Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum, DC.
2015 PBS Learning Media, Bringing Lesson Plans to the Classroom: In collaboration with Global Oneness Project.
2015 Cision CRWeb, Photo Essay About Communities In The Omo River Valley Of Ethiopia Premieres Online At Global Oneness Project Magazine.
2015 Global Oneness Project, Kara Women Speak, Lesson Plan of the Week: Celebrating Rivers | On the Verge of Displacement.
2015 PBS Learning Media, Lesson Plan with Global Oneness Project
2014 International Rivers, A changing Omo River Valley—Notes From the Field, by Jane Baldwin
2013 The Global Oneness Project Magazine, Notes from the Field. An on-line cover story featuring the photo-essay, Kara Women Speak | Stories from Women, with interview by Jane Baldwin. Selected as One of the Best of 2013 – A Year in Review.