NEW 'BODY TALK' PROJECT!
I hope you all had a glorious summer and are settling into autumn's warm embrace. :-)
So September is finally here and as promised, I am releasing details of my Arts Council England funded project 'Body Talk'.
It's the first time that I shall be collaborating with another artist and I am so thrilled to be working alongside the exceptionally talented Bradford based Poet Sharena Lee Satti, on this! As British Asian women, it is a radical act to talk about body image in a public space; as it's often considered taboo. But we decided we're going to do it anyway. :-)
We are looking for 52 women (to represent each week of the year, as we are body positive all year round are we not?), from 18+ years, to submit three words as to why they LOVE their bodies. Opposite of focusing on what we don't like about our bodies, we'll aim to blow the doors of body positivity wide open. :-)
As a female professional photographer, I constantly find myself questioning the role that the media and digital manipulation play in conveying their interpretation of 'beauty'. Indeed, whilst enormously respecting the potential artistry that comes with such software, I feel no shame in expressing a certain responsibility to justly portray a subject in an 'authentic' depiction either. I am equally interested in utilising traditional methods of studio lighting, composition and technical camera direction to explore movement and positivity. Watch this space. ;-)
I will firstly shoot the photography series in my Shipley based home studio from Oct-Dec 2019, and then Sharena will incorporate some of those submitted words into a poetry performance, unlike you've ever seen before! We are both delighted to be launching this collaboration on 30th January 2020 at the fantastic intercultural arts venue, Kala Sangamin Bradford. We cannot thank them enough for accommodating our vision. :-) There will then be a penultimate performance at the one and only Bradford Festival 2020, details to be released soon!
We also welcome non-binary and trans-women to participate, if you identify as a woman then, we would love to work with you.
I will release details of further partners on this project as it progresses, and extra dates for other events which we shall be dovetailing with. So excited about these also. :-)
Please could you share details about this call out to potential 'models' and of course if you are interested in participating yourself, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07960 723400. As stated, to submit an expression of interest, please send three words as to why you LOVE your body. And i'll be in touch shortly after.
Again, thank you from Sharena and I from the bottom of our hearts for your continuing support and we look forward to working with you very soon!