The Window at The Corner is a series of ongoing micro-exhibitions occupying a window of The Corner exhibition space. Each micro-exhibition features an artist who creates works that uplift LGBTQ culture, health and wellness, the current political climate and/or the DC, Maryland, and Virginia communities. Artists are curated through The Corner’s curatorial residency program – with curators selecting artists to produce works of art and showcase them through The Window at the Corner. Lookout for more than seasonal updates to the window as we spotlight artists from the community.
About the Exhibit
Title: Grapefruit Juice for the Sunflowers
Artist: Eva Gabrielle Woolridge
Medium: Digital Photography printed on PET vinyl
Date: July 2020
Eva Woolridge’s piece Grapefruit Juice for the Sunflowers represents the nourishment of the Black woman and her reproductive system. Grapefruit Juice for the Sunflowers is inspired by the valiance of Black women, who historically have had their bodies used by others whether through non-consensual, non-medicated surgeries, or the rape and abuse inflicted on them throughout slavery and up to the present. Despite all the pain, control and manipulation inflicted on Black women, they persevere still as the creators, the nurturers, and the strength of the world. Eva Woolridge is the inaugural artist of The Window at The Corner.
This piece is a collage of past photographs of Woolridge’s including her award-winning series: The Size of a Grapefruit. The woman centered, represents “Denial,” an emotion Woolridge experienced during her 2018 surgery of an ovarian cyst. The series discusses the emotional stages before, during, and after her surgery, and the negligence Black women experience during medical emergencies. The juices of the Grapefruit represent Black women’s bodies dripping into the earth’s foliage and soil, creating life – beautiful Black children, portrayed through sunflowers, who bask in the sunshine. Mirrors at the center of the sunflowers represent the strength of their ovaries, and are intended to reflect the faces of children as they view the piece. Even if the mirror is murky or clouded, a child can always find joy reflected back at them if they look hard enough.
Meet the Artist
Eva Woolridge (she/her) is a Black-American/Chinese-American photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her photo series explore the sexual, spiritual, and emotional nature of femininity. In her work, she transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability, and vitality using strong lighting and composition.
Upon graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, Woolridge completed her second social-consciousness narrative called Embrace Your Essence. Produced in 2015, the series focused on young women’s journeys toward self-love—defining what they find beautiful about themselves. Many of the narratives included illnesses, challenges to meet Western standards of beauty, and quirks that once negatively affected their self-esteem.
In 2019, Woolridge became a recipient of The Leica Women in Foto Award for her series: The Size of a Grapefruit, a visual narrative based on Eva’s traumatic medical event which highlights the emotional stages from before, during and after her ovarian cyst surgery. Her objective is to address the accounts of her surgery, microaggressions, and medical negligence Black women experience during emergencies – as well as the often outdated information available for women’s reproductive health.
Her work is featured in Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Ubikwist Magazine, Bomb Magazine, and she is currently on the Diversity Advisory Council for Fuji Cameras of North America. Expanding beyond photography, Woolridge is an active public speaker and social activist who has spoken on panels for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and TedxMaplewood. She currently leads workshops with Leica Akademie and Skillshare to end the racial disparities found in the photography industry.
Woolridge continues to use visual narratives to convey a tone of a new, inclusive wave of feminine energy through her gaze as a queer woman of color, while commenting on the social and cultural conditions of her communities.
Meet the Curator
Our inaugural curator is Jewel Addy (she/her) – a Washington, DC transplant by way of Silver Spring, MD, South Orange, NJ, and Liberia, West Africa. Addy is the co-founder of Red Dot Campaign, Inc. a non-profit that supports menstrual health access and awareness through art, comedy and storytelling. Through this work, Addy has co-led the curation of annual period-inspired art shows since 2016. Addy works as the Director of Communications at Whitman-Walker Health, having worked at the organization in various capacities since 2015. During her time at Whitman-Walker, she has led projects including the 2017 and 2019 oral history collections through a partnership with the DC Oral History Collaborative and produced a 2018 documentary in partnership with DCTV called Fearless at 40: The Story of Whitman-Walker. The hour-long documentary highlights the organization’s shared history with community during its 40th anniversary year. The documentary was screened at the 2019 DC History Conference and the 2019 Alexandria Film Festival. Through these projects, Addy has also led the creation of “40 Stories for 40 Years” – a digital story series consisting of audio oral histories, short videos, and written pieces uplifting the stories of community members, Whitman-Walker locations and past programs. The story series has set an example for historical and impact storytelling and community archiving.