portraits of Missouri’s marginalized communities, a project.
Produced by Valérie Berta.
The WE project is a series of portraits that shines a restorative light on people who occupy marginalized identities in Missouri. The project is also a platform to foster intersectional dialogue. One photograph at a time, one story at a time, one dialogue at a time, the WE project seeks a world of radical inclusion and equity. Black and brown, immigrants and refugees, Native Americans, L.G.B.T. Q+, religious minorities, differently-abled, homeless and formerly incarcerated people all share a history of systemic and pervasive discrimination in America. The WE project seeks to celebrate them and open up space for them to tell their stories in their own voice.
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 a necessary and urgent conversation about radical diversity, inclusion and equity.
In loving each other in our differences we are all stronger. This is who WE are. The portraits are taken against a neutral background in studio as a formal way of underlining our common humanity. I am asking of each person to submit a personal statement (whose format can range from a poem to a song to a personal narrative, or even artwork) about who they are, framed within the sense of their belonging to one, or more, of these marginalized communities and what it means to them.