Finding an Image for Vulnerability
In looking for a lead image for our show with Brené Brown, I tweeted out a request for people to send me “shots of vulnerability and shame.” I was intentionally vague; I wanted to see how people might run with it. The truth is, I didn’t receive that many submissions. I didn’t need to.
All because of one powerful photo (above) from Brit Hanson, a poet and digital storyteller living in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. Here’s the context as she tells it:
“Several weekends ago, I attended a commemoration of the massacre of 43 people in Segovia, Colombia on November 11, 1988. A group of young men and women from the area performed a theatrical vignette in commemoration of the victims of the massacre.
I love the story this photo tells. The one in which young folks in imminent danger act courageously. The one in which their creative act is a subversive and nonviolent statement of power. The one in which they remember the past and imagine a different kind of future.
These young folks were brilliant and brave and incredibly vulnerable as brutal violence continues in the Segovia community today. I thought this photo really captured the vulnerability of their courageous act of performing in such a volatile context. And that’s the irony about vulnerability, isn’t it? Vulnerability is always courageous, no matter how grandiose or mundane the expression.
Their vulnerability was performing. Mine was admitting that I was scared to even be there.”
Thanks, Brit. It’s just what we needed.