In this media-driven era of contradictory support and conditioned-based allyship, it becomes more and more difficult to find comfort specific to the individual.
With the groundbreaking "I'm Tired Project" though, the media is used to successfully redirect the conversation. The London-based collective- first started by Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans back in 2015- is an ongoing project aiming to use "photography, the human body and written words as tools to highlight the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions stereotypes and pull back the layers of discrimination to reveal thoughts and feelings that aren’t usually voiced through fear of backlash and lack of being relatable."
The poignant photographs showcase bodies of all colors, shapes, and sizes, and adds a refreshing, artistic spin to internet activism. Reaching over 2 million people and spanning across 45 countries, this project is far more than an artistic experience, it's a release. By circulating personalized struggles, a reclamation process is allowed to take place- not only for the individuals photographed, but for audiences who identify with the specificity.
An oppression olympics is laid to rest, as injustices are expressed through original voices; unfiltered and free of judgement. Check out more of this necessary project below.
By Cree B. McClellan, AFROPUNK contributor