JANUARY 1 2018 – AUGUST 2021
Footage was edited from thirty zoom interviews, smartphone videos, then edited with iMovie by Ruth Chase. The work presents contrasting viewpoints, encouraging the viewer to come to their own conclusions.
Participants include Michelle Amador, Eileen Bryant Archibald, Karla Kaizoji Austin, Be Boggs, Adrienne Boudreaux, Catharine Bramkamp, Adrian Card, Mira Clark, Brooke Condon, Colleen Graham, Brynn Farwell, Elma Jella’, Beatriz E. Ledesma, Gabi Markham, Chandra Merod, Luciano Mota, Nona, Michelle Litton Ogaidi, Rey Otis, Cassie Robertson, Steve Roddy, Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross, Shōkai Sinclair, Kim Stewart, Dana Divird Stevens, Valerie Hiestand Stuart, Andie Thrams, Tia Tuenge, Casey Louis Travis, Melody Be Watson, Nicole Weaver, Jen Rhi Winders, and Carolyn Crist Wright.
Question – What does it mean to be a woman?
In each video participants share unique and diverse perspectives on the meaning of womanhood, allowing the viewer exposure to new ideas or possibilities about what it means to be a woman.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN
By Terra Nyssa
Instinctively we are born into this world as nurtures and leaders. We are born in this world as educators, supporters, guides and healers. We are born into this world as feeling, empathetic beings. We hold a special place in our hearts for those who show us beauty, love and strength. We have a desire to emulate that, to find the inspired, and the wisdom in life all around us. But we must also address the challenges, what happens to us along our journey is crucial. Being human is challenging, being a woman human in this modern time is even more challenging. Yet along this journey we stand in the shoes of many women who have come before us, not even knowing it. We as women wouldn’t be who we are without the ancestors who have come before us and made it possible to be who we are now. Through their suffering and celebrations were able to have a voice in so many ways they didn’t. With all its beauty and challenges in this present day, I am inspired by this generation of young women. By the collaborations that are taking place between generations of women. It’s an inspiring time to be a woman! So in some ways it feels like a responsibility as a woman to create platforms and support for all women in solidarity for the human beings on this planet. For those who show up and those who can’t. Depending on where a person comes from, what they have had to endure and and what we are lifted up by, all brings fuel to the story of women today. In collaboration we learn and grow. That’s what it means to be a woman today.
Photo by Renate Putzka of Terra Nyssa
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN
By Kimberly Stewart
Dear Mother Earth,
How do I belong? Does it come from you for me to take? Or, do I plant it, nurture it, and call it my own?
If it comes from you, how will I recognize your gift? Will I feel a part of the environment you have surrounded me with, or will I feel a stranger in an unknown land? How will you know it is the right place for me?
If I plant my desire of belonging will you help me? Is this a mutual endeavor that both of us will benefit from or will it be dead roots in depleted soil from countless times before.
Perhaps for me to belong, I must listen with more than my ears. I must tread without trampling and see with my heart beyond my own selfishness.
In the end, Belonging is not something to take, or own. It is something to borrow and then to share with the next.
Photo by Kimberly Stewart