The BMW Group presented a new book and storytelling exhibition called “200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World” celebrating a diverse group of inspirational women. The opening took place at Pen + Brush gallery in New York City in May 2018.
Following the U.S. showing, BMW will also present the exhibition in the brand’s home land, Germany and at two separate locations in Munich: the Alte Bayrische Staatsbank in (October 27 – November 21) and at the Technical University of Munich in (November 28 – December 14).
With the support of BMW Group, “200 Women who will change the way you see the world” is a free photo exhibition designed to shed the light on diversity and equality through the stories of 200 women from all over the world.
The exhibition is based on the storytelling project and book of the same name by creators Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday and published by Chronicle Books.
The book was inspired by the simple idea of persuading 200 women – regardless of nationality, race, religion, status or celebrity – to answer five questions describing what is most important to them in life, while allowing themselves to be photographed and filmed in front of a plain sheet of fabric by photographer Kieran E. Scott. The book also features all 200 original interviews and accompanying photographs.
Geoff Blackwell, co-author of 200 Women Who Will Change the See the World said, “Our intention wasn’t to simply focus on successful and powerful women, but to highlight the diversity and authenticity of real women with real stories, and bring out the humanity of each individual’s experience.”
Among the women honored is the recently passed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was a remarkable freedom fighter on the front line of the struggle for the people in South Africa. Best-selling authors also being honored include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Margaret Atwood, actor and activist Gillian Anderson, supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, classic violinist s.” Anne-Sophie Mutter and conservationist Jane Goodall; alongside other activists, artists, astronauts, entrepreneurs and a brave Nepalese woman who had spent most of her life living on the streets of Kathmandu selling cigarettes – one at a time – to support her family.
“Our goal for 200 Women was diversity, and above all, authenticity, and the responses of all of the women we interviewed simultaneously educated, humbled and inspired us,” says co-author Ruth Hobday. “Over and over they were uplifting examples of kindness, selflessness, strength, wisdom, inspiration and most compellingly of all, truthfulness.”