Civic Center Gallery, Floor 3
Women Over 80
by Lea Del Pomo
On view April 9 through June 1, 2018
Twenty-five years ago, Lea Del Pomo began the photography project Women Over 80 to confront what she observed that growing old, especially for women, meant growing invisible. She started by photographing her mother and other Great Depression era mothers of her friends and acquaintances. Her response to how our culture collectively views aging and the negative stereotypes attached to aging women lead to the creation of the photo, The Bird Cage. She used her own fear of isolation and concern that social justice for the older adult is constrained by income as her starting point.
In 2014, Del Pomo resumed the project. As our society grows older, senior women persistently challenge preconceptions around age, beauty, and power. These women break the old rules and define new roles for themselves in our culture, defying social inequities which limited them in the past. Del Pomo's photographs of remarkable octogenarians and nonagenarians make visible these women whose stories have spanned decades.
This exhibit is on display in the Board of Supervisors Chambers Gallery, on the 3rd floor of the Marin County Civic Center. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8am - 6pm.