portraits of Missouri’s marginalized communities, a project.
Photographed and produced by Valérie Berta.
The WE project seeks to change the narrative around marginalized communities. Through photography and storytelling, the WE project celebrates people who occupy marginalized identities and fosters intersectional dialogue* to imagine a world without bias. The WE project is on Osage, Omaha, Kaw, Missouria, Otoe and Ioway lands. Black and brown, indigenous, immigrants, refugees, L.G.B.T. Q+, religious minorities, differently-abled, living without shelter, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and others share a history of systemic discrimination and abuse in our imperfect, unfinished nation. The WE project works to open up inclusive spaces for people to tell their stories and reflect on bias in order to better fight for equity and justice.
The WE project also seeks to help bridge the gaps between these diverse communities through intersectional dialogue, and to engage the community at large in conversations about radical equity, inclusion and healing. *Monthly panel discussions engaging WE project participants around storytelling as healing and reparation process are set to being again in September 2021 but will be held online. Please follow the WE project on social media for more details.