Stories of 43 women
I was, I am
A photography & narrative project to map the lives of dynamic Sri Lankan women since 1983
I was, I am is a 3-part photo & audio based documentary that attempts to explore the stories and opinions of women which have not been hitherto explored in the context of 1983 and the three decades that followed.
We set out to explore the stories of 43 women from all walks of life who were shaped or influenced by 1983. Women whose opinions were powerful, but not commonly visible in mainstream media. Some were active during 1983, while others were born in that era or after and are currently active in some sphere. The duration and period of their journeys varied but we found that their experiences and ideologies have common features. Our conversations with them taught us how much has changed in the last three decades as well as how much hasn’t.
The production was categorized thematically as follows; Memories, Identity, Gender, Spirituality and Change – the main areas where their thoughts & opinions were the most powerful. Each conversation was guided by two core statements: In 1983, I was… In 2013, I am…
We hope that this project will prove to be a learning experience for both the public and the participants of the project, as much as it has been for us. They will be called on to reexamine their personal histories in a manner that could possibly prove to be a platform of knowledge and growth.
It will be a testament to how far we have journeyed as women, a learning base to where we have gone wrong and also provide key knowledge on what needs to change on both a personal and communal level.
I Was I Am is a 30 year history of experiences as told by women on what happens to a nation’s people in the face of strife and crisis.
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