BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania — Lehigh University is celebrating 50 years of female undergraduates with a very special photography exhibit.
“Hear me Roar” focuses on the photographic work of 10 artists.
Above the shoulders of Lehigh University students sits a collective female empowerment choir.
The images are a mix of experimental techniques, historical documentation and thought-provoking portraits, amplifying the voices of 10 well-known artists. One of these artists is Lydia Panas.
“I love the idea of women talking because that’s so much the subject of my work, it’s so much the silence I felt as a kid and becoming an artist was my way of speaking,” Panas said. .
His work has been featured in The New York Times. She has exhibited worldwide and taught at the Museum of Modern Art.
Images from her third book, “Sleeping Beauty,” are featured in the exhibit.
She says that, like most of her works, it is a complex balance of emotions that invite the eye to linger on a sense of vulnerability and challenge to speak her truth.
“What interests me is that the viewer understands what it’s like to be looked back and to look within. To kind of think about themselves,” Panas said.
Panas has now started a new series, inspired by the nature outside his studio in Kutztown.
She says she is happy to be one of the talented women featured in Hear Me Roar and hopes it will inspire others.
The free exhibit is on view at Lehigh University Galleries through May 27.