portraits of Missouri’s marginalized communities, a project.
Photographed and produced by Valérie Berta.
The WE project seeks to change the narrative and celebrate marginalized communities through photography and storytelling. The WE project celebrates people who occupy marginalized identities, works to disrupt and change dominant narratives, create new and inclusive ones, and foster intersectional dialogue*. 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, unhoused, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and others, share a history of systemic discrimination and erasure in our imperfect, unfinished nation. The WE project works to showcase and celebrate the vast tapestry of our humanity and to open up inclusive spaces for people to tell their stories.
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. *Liberating Stories, a monthly panel in partnership with The Bridge at the University of Missouri, brings together WE project participants around storytelling as healing process and intersectional tool of liberation. The panels are hybrid, at The Bridge and on zoom: https://bit.ly/WE-project-liberating-stories