In the Fall of 2017, I collaborated with Transmigrant Flow (a Beijing-based feminist arts collective) in producing Meridian. This multi-faceted live event explored how women challenge, evade, and embrace the passing of time in their lives. The project sought to convey the diverse experiences of being a woman and uncover hidden narratives and truths that women aren't often allowed to talk about in public.
Meridian centered around the self-penned submissions and photographic portraits of a diverse group of 27 women. While these women varied in nationality, race, age, and sexuality, all resided in Beijing, China at the time of the project. Each participant was asked to write about her relationship with time. Submissions varied immensely in tone, length, and subject matter with some women feeling crushed by the passing of time while others felt emboldened by it. Some written pieces were prose, some poetry, and some a hybrid of the two.
I worked hand-in-hand with each participant to create a photoshoot concept that reflected the themes conveyed in their written piece. Ultimately, each participant had the final say in which portrait was displayed alongside their written piece at the event. Meridian was held at 27 Yard, an indoor-outdoor gallery space converted from a hutong (a traditional Chinese courtyard house). Featured at the event were live sculpture, painting, and a performance by a Mongolian vocalist. It was a crisp, sunny, and utterly perfect Fall day in Beijing.