voices united – work by kacy johnson

Continuing our shares for International Women’s Day. One of my favorite artists, Kacy Johnson, and her project FEMALE. And I love her work, because she shares stories of women from diverse backgrounds. Truly, her work moves, touches and inspires many. And my favorite thought is from the last one:

“Let’s all just promise to be in this together.” – Kacy Johnson



"Spirit. Human. Black Woman." Violeta Detroit, US

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Wow, what an intense couple of months. The election was enough to knock me off my axis, but in addition to that, moving from San Francisco to Detroit to continue the FEMALE project, turned into a sort of unbelievable experience of anything that could go wrong, did go wrong. It's been pretty humbling, to be honest. There have been so many times when I've doubted myself and my choices, and I have to keep reminding myself that, for me, life isn't about always having everything figured out. It's a journey, and as long as I'm having new experiences and finding my way to the other side of any struggles that come my way, I'm continuing to grow and unfold. I'm finally in my studio in Detroit and just about ready to start making portraits with women here and sharing their stories. I also have several more portraits from amazing San Francisco ladies to share. For today, I can't think of anything more inspiring to share than this portrait of beautiful Aurea from São Paulo, Brazil. #unspokenbeauty #femalebrazil

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Tolerance and peace and love always, right? Unless your intolerance is directed at a privileged group, then it somehow becomes okay. Are those the new rules because I'm not super clear on all of this? _________ These posters were my first experience of putting my portraits on the street, and I was excited/open to see how the public would interact with them. Two messages have popped up over the last week or so. This very clear "Queers Hate Techies" and another little sticker that said "I am so glad this whole Beard + Man-Bun style trend is over! – Every Woman Ever." _________ First, regarding the man-bun comment. Can we stop shaming men based on how they choose to groom themselves/dress/style their hair? Making fun of man-buns may seem like a harmless joke on the surface, but dig a little deeper and it feels a lot like policing of bodies and enforcing restrictive gender norms. Women can be fat and have body hair and be awesome. Men can have beards, rock a man-bun and be great people. Let people experiment with their appearance and use personal style as self-expression. Why do we feel such a need as a society to police that?__________ Queers Hate Techies. This one goes deeper. Yes, the way SF has changed, in large part due to the overwhelming presence of tech, sucks. I've only lived here for a year, so I can't really comment on change or how SF used to be. It's very clear though that the city isn't what it used to be, and I know that has to be frustrating for people seeing such a special place become more and more homogenous by the day. Expression is essential, so I even if I don't like how you choose to spread your message, I support that you're putting it out there. However, the women in these portraits do not need to carry your hate on their backs. __________ Thanks to @emmaolswing for the photo. 📸

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Let's all just promise to be in this together. 👩🏽👩🏿👩🏼👩🏻👩🏾

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