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Meet the Artist Who’s Hacking at Visibility and Knowledge With Art

Posted May 16, 2018 by Siko Bouterse

Images help us make sense of the world. They are a unique form of knowledge with the potential to show us how to celebrate our differences in a way that language cannot. This is one of the reasons that the online visibility of humans, in all of our multiple and diverse forms, matters so deeply. Artist Gretchen Andrew encourages us to think about art as capable of dramatically changing the way the internet represents women and other marginalized communities.
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?
Photographer Kearra Amaya Gopee shoots artist Cicely Carew in the Black Lunch Table x Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at Triangle Art Association

Kearra Amaya Gopee shoots Cicely Carew, image by Heathart, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Journey through our #VisibleWikiWomen campaign: 10 times our imagined impact!

Posted May 2, 2018 by May Hachem

We began the #VisibleWikiWomen Challenge in the last week of January 2018, motivated by the fact that more than 80% of biographies of important women don’t have pictures on Wikipedia. By early April, we had added over 800 historical and contemporary public domain pictures of women to Wikimedia Commons! Keep reading to find out more about the journey.
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!
Marielle Franco speaking in 2016

Marielle Franco speaking in 2016. Image by Mídia Ninja, CC-BY SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Life and Death of Marielle Franco on Wikipedia

Posted March 26, 2018 by Adele Vrana

Marielle Franco was a remarkable black queer Brazilian woman, mother, young politician and human rights advocate. Unfortunately, it was only her murder that made Marielle finally notable enough to be included in Wikipedia. Inspiring women like Marielle deserve to be seen in life as well as death.

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?

Image by Chris Snelling, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Decolonizing the Internet conference

Posted February 27, 2018 by Anasuya Sengupta

We are hosting the first ever convening on centering marginalized knowledges online - in July 2018, Cape Town, South Africa! 75% of those online are from the global South, but hardly represented on the internet. We are bringing together community organizers, technologists, scholars, artists, Wikimedians and others, to build more awareness, allies, and joint action plans.