Hi! I'm, Megan Bowers-Vette. I have spent the last 12 months
photographing and collecting the portraits and stories of 50 men
and women from NZ and Australia who are living with the experience
of rape, and other forms of sexual abuse. These images and words
are bound together in a beautiful photo book titled "Us"
The Us project was formed after I started thinking about how
society reacts, supports or damages people who are survivors. The
raw and sometimes brutally brave stories in this publication
highlight what the world is like or those who have experienced
abuse. It is an honest study of issues around the ever-changing
mental health status survivors endure. It discusses issues such as
self blame, and the presence of abuse's effect on love,
relationships and the foundations of family.
The book will be helpful to many in society who wish to
understand the mind of a survivor. From experiencers who wish to
find validity in how they have reacted to what they have been
through, to those who seek to understand their loved ones and offer
the right kind of support. The publication gives voice to an
experience society doesn't want to acknowledge, and in doing so
validates survivors, letting them know their voice is important. It
provides a safe space for truth.
I am is seeking help to fund the first print edition of Us. This
book will accompany an exhibition of the same name, which opens at
Whangarei Art Museum late August 2017, before it visits other
galleries around New Zealand and Australia.
Help me give a voice to survivors.
For updates on exhibition times and book pre-sales:
11 MONTHS AGO
A big big thanks you to everyone that has donated so far and helped me get over the line. The total fundraising goal for this project is $5k so any further contributions will be greatly appreciated.
12 MONTHS AGO
I just want to say a big thank you to those who have donated so far :) I am almost half way!
Very very grateful to all of you, and an extra thanks to you guys who have shared the funding page as well, it all helps me get that little bit closer.