The “I’m Tired” Project utilizes photography, the human body and written words as tools to highlight the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions and stereotypes. Co-creators Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans use various social media platforms to share photos of what participants are most tired of, which is displayed across their bare backs creating a positive space for people to share their personal stories.
On the 13th of March 2017, creators Akpan and Evans will host an exhibition of some of their most profound work, along with a 15-minute talk discussing the impact and intersectional nature of their project. This will be followed by a photo shoot on the 14th of March for everyone to get directly involved with the project. The photo shoot will present participants with an opportunity to express what they are tired with, in an anonymous, impactful, and artistic setting. Whilst preferably this should be done by painting directly onto the individual’s back, a shot of their hand can also be taken should participants feel more comfortable.
Since its inception in July 2015, the UK-based project has effectively initiated a social debate around daily prejudices faced by people from all walks of life. It has succeeded in reaching over 2 million people, spanning 45 over countries, with each photo reaching an average 23,000 people. In February 2016, Paula and Harriet received the prestigious “Points of Light” Award from the UK Prime Minister for their work on the project. The project has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Huffington Post, AFROPUNK, Teen Vogue and Buzzfeed. The pair have also exhibited their work in New York and Nottingham.
This event aims to empower and validate the struggles faced by everyone, and is open to all.