As a survivor of abuse, I now realize that an important thing that was taken away from me during that time was my voice. In the series Broken Free, I try to promote awareness of victimization, while empowering survivors to speak out. Fellow survivors and I share our personal experiences with one another as I photograph them, their intimate space, and anything pertaining to their particular experience. They then have the option to voice themselves through writing on the prints. The combination of handwriting and image juxtaposes the survivor’s past with their present. While an image can often speak for itself, I am interested in the text’s ability to become like a diary entry, allowing for intimacy, openness, and vulnerability, providing insight as to where each person stands in their healing process.
Paola Katherine Rodriguez
Broken Free is currently seeking survivors of any form of victimization, who would like to be photographed and share their story. Broken Free—Volume One will be printed and published soon. Right now, we are in the works with Broken Free—Volume Two. If you are interested in participating and reside in South Florida, please send a private message by clicking contact or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it’s through participation, promotion, support, testimony—however form you contribute will be greatly appreciated as it helps us to help more survivors speak out and BREAK FREE.
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