A Room of Their Own is a visual narrative combining photographs, first hand testimonies and original art works. It was created through a series of collaborative workshops with Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and women in refuge, in the Black Country, over 2015 and 2016.
A Room of Their Own shares women’s experiences of domestic abuse and the process of entering refuge alone, or with their children, to the collective life within, to then becoming resettled in their own home. The visual narrative emphasises absence in order to protect the women’s identities and, progressively, their presence becomes more visible with the inclusion of their stories and artwork and, in some instances, portraits.
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2017, and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 Nov to 10 Dec 2017) Multistory collaborated with Susan to develop a pop-up exhibition at West Bromwich Indoor Market accompanied by a programme of events, workshops and an artist talk at West Bromwich Town Hall.
The book was designed by Ben Weaver and published by Multistory.
Captions: A refuge in the Black Country, UK, 2015 Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos
The photo in the workshop with the hands is: Visual diary workshop, 2015 Alex Nelson
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