Romance Journal 02—Resistance
Romance Journal is a publication devoted to exploring universal truths and raising collective consciousness. In the midst of personal trials and global challenges, Issue 02: Resistance explores human experiences through the eyes of powerful female-identifying activists and creatives. The word resistance contains within it an incredible complexity — it's both an immobilizing and a dynamic force, at once an active pursuit and a state of feeling. The spectrum of resistance is impossible to neatly define as it comes in many forms, both personal and as part of a larger movement.
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Collaborating with photographers Alex John Beck and Samantha Casolari, we captured our subjects standing proud in their resistance. We also worked with photographer Scottie Cameron and prop stylist Sonia Rentsch to create metaphorical still-life imagery to reflect the complex array of emotions related to resistance.
Through intimate conversations, we focused on each woman's individual story and varied perspectives on politics, expression, and social responsibility, capturing their efforts to create change and shift the collective consciousness toward progress, equality, and justice. Notable conversations in this issue included activist and justice-seeker Carmen Perez, Refinery 29 co-founder Piera Gelardi, activist and performer Sarah Sophie Flicker, and activist musician Kiran Gandhi.
The publication is available for purchase at select bookstores worldwide, as well as on the Romance Journal website, where 100% of the proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.
In collaboration with Tabitha Denholm — a filmmaker and the founder of the advocacy project Women Under the Influence — we created a series of films interpreting the topic of resistance. In addition to video interviews, we created a documentary on Gurls Talk founder Adwoa Aboah and her team, following them as they attended the inaugural Women's March on Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017. The film provides a look into the emotions, actions, and camaraderie of marchers on the historic day, which marked a milestone for the resistance movement.