For the last year, I have been exploring the ways I can use my photography, as a tool for affecting public consciousness and creating social change. (You can see some of my previous social impact projects here)
This year, I’m creating a number of projects centred on the issue of domestic violence, the first being a series of photographs that focus on the intergenerational transmission of domestic violence, its effects on the victim and the roles that traditionally held patriarchal ideals, religion and society in general play in maintaining the cycle of violence.
The production of this project will be on a scale larger than anything I have done in the past: I will be working with 24 models, a 10 person creative-team (and a number of assistants), creating extremely experimental costumes from scratch, and building multiple sets. To accompany this project, I intend to make a 20-minute documentary film detailing the production process and the inspiration for it. Creating this project will require more resources than I can provide on my own and so I’m reaching out to a select group of family and friends for help.
Inspiration for the project
Last year I had the privilege to talk with some incredible women who have lived through and escaped decades of abuse in marriages and relationships. The details of the things they went through are harrowing, to say the least. While these women came out alive, there are many more who aren’t so fortunate. The UN estimates that 137 women are killed by a member of their family every day. The severity of this problem is contrasted by the apathy of the general public to the issue.
I expect this project to help spark up meaningful conversations about domestic violence in Africa and by doing so, encourage people to actively get involved in supporting survivors and protecting victims of abuse.
In the course of my research for this project, I met with the founder of DVAILI (Domestic Violence Assistance Line Initiative) – an organization doing incredible work providing support for victims of domestic violence. The work this organization is doing is important and I want this project to also serve as a fundraising opportunity for them. So in collaboration with them, I will be hosting an exhibition/fundraiser featuring the images produced and a large percentage of the proceeds will go to support the work DVALI is doing.
Producing this project will cost 2.4 million Naira ($5,084). I am able to put up 500,000 Naira ($1,060) of my own to see this project through but I need your help to raise what’s left. I have outlined the details of expected expenditure below.