Sticks and Stones Project

What are the most unpleasant words anybody has ever called, labelled or said to you, for whatever reason?

Sticks and stones is a photographic project I am developing during 2019, which explores the use of hateful words and the impact they have had on those on the receiving end.

I’m seeking volunteers who will be interestedĀ in sharing these words and experience with me and then possibly participating in a photographic session during 2019.

If you are interested and would like to hear more about this project, please contact me by here.

The project: Populist politicians and social media platforms are often sighted. We ultimately absorb it, and we are left to deal with its consequences. A refugee child bullied at school, a disabled person mocked, slut-shaming, a person, vilified because of their culture, race, faith, sexuality, words used in bad taste or random acts of anger. Hateful words hurt and inflict misery.

I am currently collecting content and plan to hold an exhibition during autumn, late 2019, which will ultimately be determined by the response I receive.

Context: The origin of the children’s rhyme sticks and stones is clouded, its author unknown, but they are words which have resonated in playgrounds around the world passed down from generation to generation to support those affected by hateful words. Its first known publication was sighted in The Christian Recorder of 1862, a magazine of the African Methodist Episcopal Church where it was presented as the old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.”

This project is self-funded. All involvement is voluntary, and no commissions will be entered in too.