Mariana Fossatti

Mariana Fossatti is Coordinator of our 2019 #VisibleWikiWomen Campaign.

Mariana Fossatti's Blog Posts

Poscard design of Algerian poet Rabia Djelti

Algerian poet Rabia Djelti, image by Kritzolina, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

#VisibleWikiWomen: postcards of power and diversity

Posted May 10, 2018 by Mariana Fossatti

During the #VisibleWikiWomen challenge, the Wikimedia community and collaborators of the feminist movement focused on making more visible those women relevant to history and our time, who often go unnoticed. The contributions of images exceeded our expectations, and more than 800 new files were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons! The great quality of some of these images, as well as the stories of these women, led us to think: how can we use this valuable common visual heritage in inspiring ways?
Hand drawn portrait of Fuegia Basket, dated 1833.

Fuegia Basket, image by Henry Colburn, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Sharing Fuegia’s Memory

Posted April 19, 2018 by Mariana Fossatti

Attracted by travel stories, the Uruguayan wikipedian Jorge Gemetto found himself one day reading "Fuegia", a novel by Argentine writer Eduardo Belgrano Rawson. The book narrates the adventures of fictional characters; however, it has a subtle link with reality: it is dedicated to Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, York Minster and Boat Memory. But who was Fuegia Basket? Keep reading to find out!

Black Lunch Table x Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at Triangle Art Association. Photographer Kearra Amaya Gopee shoots artist Cicely Carew. Source: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA.

3 ways cultural institutions can make women visible online

Posted March 20, 2018 by Mariana Fossatti

Every March, Wikipedia (the most popular free culture project on the Internet) is the protagonist of several projects and initiatives around women. Wikipedia’s well-known gender gap is addressed in several different ways, with edit-a-thons, contests

Image from Encyclopedia Britannica Concise, Internet Archive.

Why I look for missing faces #VisibleWikiWomen

Posted March 1, 2018 by Mariana Fossatti

When you are looking for information on the web and you find an article in Wikipedia, you probably expect the article to include some representative illustration of the subject. In fact, often the web browser already displays an image before you enter Wikipedia. If the item is a biography, you expect to find a portrait of the person. But what happens when there is no image? Could it be that this person is not important enough to be portrayed?