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Art & Art History

Carmen Winant in conversation with Natalie Bennett

Carmen Winant

Thursday, June 20, 2024
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 S. Peoria

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In Clinic Pictures, exhibiting artist Carmen Winant gathers archival photographs of the everyday work done by health clinics and abortion providers across the Midwest to make visible quotidian acts of care, including women answering the phone, leading workshops and protests, and physicians caring for patients. The work is part of her larger project, The Last Safe Abortion, which was presented at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Join Winant and UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center Director Natalie Bennett for a conversation about Winant’s work within the larger historical context of reproductive justice activism in the United States.

Additional support for this program is provided by the UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center.

ACCESS INFORMATION: This program is free and open to the public. For questions and access accommodations, email


Carmen Winant is an artist and the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at the Ohio State University. Her work utilizes archival and authored photographs to examine feminist care networks, with particular emphasis on intergenerational, multiracial, and sometimes transnational coalition building. Winant’s recent projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Sculpture Center, Wexner Center of the Arts, ICA Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and el Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. Winant’s artist’s books include My Birth (2018), Notes on Fundamental Joy (2019), and Instructional Photography: Learning How To Live Now (2021); Arrangements, A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures (both 2022), and The Last Safe Abortion (2024). Winant is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in photography, a 2020 FCA Artist Honoree and a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters award recipient. She is also a community organizer, prison educator, and mother to her two children, Carlo and Rafa, shared with her partner, Luke Stettner.

Dr. Natalie Bennett is the Director of the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center. Dr. Bennett comes to the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center as a scholar-activist whose research, teaching and activism centers the lives of black women and girls. Her interests are transnational in scope, located at the intersection of black feminisms, gender/class/sexuality and social policy in Jamaica, and migrations in the African diaspora. Dr. Bennett has taught at Hunter College (CUNY), Long Island University, the University of Nebraska, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois Chicago. Her publications focus on transnational migration and Caribbean immigrant women’s labor, racial and sexual identities among African American lesbians, and the politics of same-sexualities in Jamaica. Dr. Bennett received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Sociology from Union College (Schenectady, New York) and her doctorate (PhD) in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois Chicago.