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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 space where they can practice speaking up and out for themselves. I also provide a space for them to be heard, supported, encouraged, and celebrated.

I began this project on the night of the Women's March 2018. Since then I have photographed over 300 women.

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, we talk about how our voices can save us and share self-defense strategies. The sessions are therapeutic, powerful, and fun.

It's important to me that a very diverse group of women is represented in the project. 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 the larger audience views it they can see their mothers, daughters, sisters, nieces, etc. I hope the work empowers women who take part in Outcry as well as those who view it, all while encouraging empathy and understanding in those who see it.

When seen together these intimate representations of our individual power and expression become a monumental act of collective resistance.

Adia, 2018 from the series Outcry

Mimi, 2018 from the series Outcry

Cecily, 2018 from the series Outcry

Jin, 2018 from the series Outcry

Mary, 2018 from the series Outcry

Lenette, 2018 from the series Outcry

Laxmi, 2018 from the series Outcry

Jennifer, 2018 from the series Outcry

Outcry Installation Shot DePaul Art Musuem 2018

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