Us For All Women is a project that explores the idea of the female body as a confrontational space. It creates a community of women collaborating to challenge recent conservative actions of the State to repress and diminish women’s reproductive rights in Brazil.
Even though it focuses on the debate around illegal abortions in that country, this is a project that aims to reach women around the world who have their bodies submitted by governmental rules.
The first phase of the project was done during the Despina Art Residency, in Rio de Janeiro and it was exhibited at Largo das Artes/ Despina on June 2016.
The titles of the images refer to the year in which those women somehow experienced an illegal abortion. The phrases that follow as captions were said during the interviews that I’ve done with them or are personal observations of our encounter.
This project has been publish by Carved Voices, Fearless Femme and Boshemia magazines as well as Refinery 29 and the Cosmopolita Media blog amongst others. It was exhibited as an installation at Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh and as part of photography exhibitions in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie (France), Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and London.
The completion of this project was possible thanks to two successful crowdfunding campaigns in August 2017 and December 2018. This project was transformed into the book 'For the Lives of All Women', published by Break the Habit Press in 2019.
To see more images and testimonials of this project, please visit www.camilacavalcante.com/usforall