Talks of survival, perseverance,
and courage fill their lips as they gather and share in a full weekend of
discussions, prayer ceremonies, festivity, laughter and overall, connectivity.
Mothers and daughters alike, come from the different corners of Minnesota. Each
carries a bag of personal items needed to gather. Every other weekend the venue
changes from the last. This shift in venue is a symbol of displacement that
these Liberian women experienced during the civil war that permeated Liberia,
West Africa for over 10 years. Now displacement symbolizes a rebirth as they
gather in the designated meeting areas of Minnesota. Instead of shifting around
due to the trauma of war, they now displace themselves for the purpose of
gathering to celebrate life, prayer, and bonding with other ethnic women from
their culture. Overall, the gathering of these women evokes an essence of
sustaining personal worth belonging to a group of tribal women with a common
thread… language barriers and literacy.
When sleep comes
Circumstances will not cause my identity
My Lady Series 2002
African comb inspiration.
From the series our lives...