What Women Believe
What Women Believe was an artistic collaboration, documenting the
stories and contributions of older women from
across London’s diverse communities. The women
featured in the project were nominated by others
for the part they have played influencing their
communities and the lives of others.
The project had several components: Ruth Corney’s
arresting portraits, oral histories gathered by the
oomk collective, and a specially commissioned space
by Tessa Brown that enabled conversations and
meeting across difference.
Through this collaboration, a wide range of
communities were invited into conversations around
gender, leadership and identity. At a time where
media and political debate around religion and
gender tends towards divisive polemic, this project
showcased the complexities around gender and
belief, and enabled women to tell their own stories
and write their own histories.
This commission was installed at JW3 London 2016, Rich Mix London, 2016 and The QE2 Centre 2017
Tubular steel rig, pulleys, cords, marble sand, Retractable textile room: Wool veiling, silk organza, fibreglass rods. Seating: Upholstery fabric, zips, polystyrene beads. Circular carpet