Over the course of the five weeks we collected women’s stories. The responses we gathered consisted of philosophies, traumatic experiences, lifestyle choices, and diary style narratives. But ultimately, they all related to when these women felt isolated because of their gender.
We wrote our own stories and sent them to women. In exchange, they wrote a story, sent it back to us, and we forwarded it on to other women. We wanted to create a series of exchanges that valued what these women had to say. We discovered that the process for many—if not all of the participants—was therapeutic or cathartic.
We recorded these stories through video readings performed by strangers. An integral part of our respective practices is connecting with people we don’t know. We each do this for a variety of reasons, but in this case, it was important that we created a new type of community. By having women who had never met the writers read these stories, we were able to temporarily create a shared consciousness in a space that may not have existed otherwise.