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Michelle Asselin: Forward Motion

Photographic portraits of the women of Metro

“With Forward Motion, I want to highlight the women of Metro as well as the environments in which they work. My hope is that the Metro patrons who experience these artworks will understand these women to be guides, guardians and builders of Los Angeles.”
-- Michele Asselin

A photo exhibit called Forward Motion is on display at Union Station featuring the powerful and imaginative work of artist Michele Asselin. The artwork was installed on the occasion of Womens’ History Month 2019 and will be on view through early 2020. It celebrates women working in a range of professions at Metro.

Asselin has created luminous portraits of an urban planner, mechanic, bus operator, rail security officer and other professions. The artist found inspiration in the personal and professional stories that drew her subjects to Metro.

Michele Asselin is best known for her photographic portraiture focusing on individual identities within larger social constructs. Her past work includes a series of portraits of domestic workers and a series of photographs about the loss of Hollywood Park Race Track.

Commissioned by Metro Art, Forward Motion also features members of the inaugural Women and Girls Governing Council created by Metro CEO Phil Washington. The Council is tasked with exploring ways Metro can achieve a more gender-balanced workforce, accelerate career advancement for women and improve mobility for female ridership.

“More and more women are being introduced to a world they may not have
seen as a real possibility. We’re providing women with training and support
that move beyond traditional careers.”
Phil Washington, Metro CEO


The exhibition Forward Motion is accompanied by a booklet that presents each stunning portrait and statement by the featured women. All our publications are available to the public in digital and print versions (while supplies last). If you would like to receive the print publication, please call 213.922.4ART.


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