I believe this is the first year of organized events in Charleston to celebrate International Women’s Day, and I’m excited to say I get to be a part of it. This Sunday, at the Circular Congregational Church, there will be an afternoon filled with art, lectures, singing, and much more. All of which is by the efforts and creative minds of an eclectic group of women, whose lineages span the globe, and whose lives are enriched with experience and unique perspective.
On display will be several images from my series The Elements: Earth. Six women covered in potting soil, personifying a complex element that in its own existence has mimicked that of women’s history or vice versa. The Womb to much of life, violated due to greed and lust for power, raped of its resources, yet survives and forever changes, never letting us forget its strength and plight.
Two other photographers will also be displaying work: Stacy Pearsall, well known for her military photography, and Mikayla Mackaness, a photojournalist and light seeker whose images are pungently emotive and imbued with Life. The latter, is a great friend and teacher, who without which I may not have ever trekked down the photographic journey that began just over a year ago.
A detail of the afternoon’s events can be found at the blog for Project Speak Up. The organizers are Leah Suarez and Alice Keeney, both talented artists and extraordinary activists of art, cultures, communities, and women. And as a last ‘shout out,’ the events are also in coordination with the College of Charleston’s Women and Gender Studies Program (which happens to be what I minored in at CofC and is an awesome program!).
I hope everyone can come enjoy the art, music, and great conversations. Oh, but no boys allowed…just kidding. 😉