The first in the series ‘transformation of silence into action’ whether through speech, words, images or performance. The photographed are those who speak truth to power, and for whom being Black African Intersectional Feminists is a way of life and a way of surviving. I drew inspiration for this series from an article on “Being Black Intersectional Feminist” by Kui Kihoro Mackay and by these first photos of Blessol Gathoni, a Queer Social Rights Activist.  The aim of the series is to capture not just perspectives, scopes and lens but seeing in real depth.

The importance of speech is not the age of the words but the truth they speak so here I choose the timeless words of Audre Lorde.

In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my own mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for in my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light and what I most regretted were my silences. Of what had ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I believed I would have meant pain, or death. But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end. Death, on the other hand, is the final silence. And that might be coming quickly, now, without regard for whether I had ever spoken what needed to be said, or only betrayed myself into small silences, while I planned someday to speak, or waited for someone else’s words. And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into a perspective gave me great strength. “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”

The photos presented here are the first in a series of short photo essays on the transformation of silence into action whether through speech, words, images or performance. The photographed are those who speak truth to power, and for whom being Black African Intersectional Feminists is a way of life and a way of surviving. I drew inspiration for this series from an article by Kui Kihoro Mackay and by these first photos of Blessol Gathoni, a Queer Social Rights Activist. In conversation with Gathoni they talked about seeing, not just perspectives, scopes and lens but seeing in real depth. Here I see and Gathoni sees, that I see.

 

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