Woman2Woman draws the viewer into a world unknown and invisible to most people, exploring the situation of formerly incarcerated women making a transition back into their communities. The realities of their lives confront both fear and freedom, at a time when society is questioning it’s relation to a system that isolates and punishes with slim hope of rehabilitation or reintegration.
Viewers come face-to-face with the women, and children, who live in this transitional space, with a chance to experience some of their struggle and rebirth. At the same time that we are outside looking back in, Woman2Woman pulls back the curtains peering into a place that is filled with hope and obstacles, inducing the viewer to examine both the shadows and the light.
Woman2Woman circles around the questions raised by incarceration of women in our society. With the focus in media and culture on law, policing, and prisons, the project encourages us to have a dialog and consider the many questions that arise both historically and in the current context.
Woman2Woman is a project in partnership with photographer Susan Aurinko to illuminate a transitional phase in the lives of formerly incarcerated women. Through Woman2Woman, Susan and I bring photography workshops and a time to tell their stories in words and photographs to the women who live at Leslie's Place, a transitional residence. For more information about Leslie's Place or to donate, click here http://www.lesliesplace.org