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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Whitney Bradshaw

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Midwest

Outcry, January 20th 2018 - Present



In response to the long history of silencing of women and girls, I make portraits of women screaming. Through this project, I provide women with space to practice speaking up and out for themselves. Additionally, it is a space for them to be heard, supported, encouraged, and celebrated.

I invite groups of women who don't know one another to my studio for a gathering, effectively expanding our community while providing support for one another as we bravely let out feelings that have been silenced or dismissed in our culture. During each session, I explain that our voices can save us and share self-defense strategies along with personal stories about the ways in which my voice has saved me. In each scream session, as I call them, participants voluntarily share their experiences as well. The sessions are therapeutic, powerful, and fun.

It's important to me that a diverse group of women are represented in Outcry. I do this, not only, to give voice to as many women as possible but also to ensure that when a woman views the project she can see someone like her in it. Likewise, when others view it they can see their mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces, etc. I hope that Outcry empowers women who take part in it as well as those who view it while encouraging empathy and understanding in all who see it.

I began this project on the night of the Women's March 2018 and since then have made portraits of nearly 300 women. When seen together these intimate representations of our individual power and expression become a monumental act of collective resistance.

Anyone who identifies as a woman or as non-gender conforming, who wishes to join in the fight against our silencing while being interested in portraiture that is decidedly not made in service to the male gaze, may participate in Outcry.

Cecily, 2018 from the series Outcry

Mimi, 2018 from the series Outcry

Jin, 2018 from the series Outcry

Laxmi, 2018 from the series Outcry

Jennifer, 2018 from the series Outcry

Mary, 2018 from the series Outcry

Adia, 2018 from the series Outcry

Lenette, 2018 from the series Outcry

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