We closed our I Am Phenomxnal Womxn exhibition in Accra with an art talk and mixer focused on “Reclaiming our narratives through art and image-making” as we strive to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas with the community.
There is great power in representation. Phenomxnal Womxn works to reform the relationship between image-maker, image and subject by using visual art and storytelling as tools to collaborate with womxn from underrepresented communities and document their stories.
We create spaces for womxn to reclaim their narratives. Women and BIPOC communities have been pushed to the peripheries of photography, art and history for far too long. We are taking our narratives into our own hands by rewriting herstory – one photograph at a time.
Creative Conversations Art Talk + Mixer
We traveled over 600 km to bring our latest series I Am Phenomxnal Womxn to Ghana’s capital – Accra. Throughout the 10 month journey since the beginning of the project, we collaborated with four incredible women who shared stories of triumph and resilience, culture and identity, pain and healing. This exhibition in Accra not only celebrated the work we created together but more importantly the journey that brought us here. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to share all of this with new and old friends in Ghana and beyond.
Check out the exhibition!
The term Womxn was created as an alternative and more inclusive term than the word woman. It rejects the notion that woman is a subset of man, while encompassing the intersectional realities and histories lived by women as well as the racial, discriminatory and institutional barriers that they face. The genesis of the term Womxn roots itself in the systemic oppression of black and transgender communities, emancipates itself from patriarchal structures, and creates new spaces for womxn – with an emphasis on coloured and LGBTQ+ womxn – to manifest independently.
What does it mean to be Womxn?
How can photography change and challenge the ways that we learn from womxn living in different contexts than our own? How can images be used to empower, elevate and celebrate womxn from around the world? These are the underlying questions that have driven the work behind Phenomxnal Womxn.