Savera UK Youth created artwork and photography to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which was first launched at a conference in London held by the National FGM Centre. After speaking with survivors of female genital mutilation and learning more about the practice from Savera UK, the young people then worked with artist Joanne Tremarco and photographer Andrew ‘AB’ Abrahamson to learn valuable image-making and photography skills through a series of workshops.

In these workshops the young people learned how to translate what they had heard into powerful imagery, through sessions with Joanne making collage, assemblage and animation. Then, using the practical skills and knowledge about the rules of photography shared by AB, they took disposable cameras away to interpret their understanding of FGM through photography.  These photographs, which can be seen on display as a stand alone series, approach the subject matter from a more abstract and emotional point of view,  informing the staged SLR photographs that carry a more explicit #EndFGM message.

Following further workshops with artist Joanne and survivor Kiara Mohamed, who is a poet, the young people created poems, song and text related to FGM, in response to what they had learned from the survivor stories and from Savera UK. The young people also learned important skills about showcasing their work, such as how to hang an exhibition and how to write about their artwork to communicate its meaning as well as skills in performance and presentation.

The aim of the project is to educate young people about FGM and the impact it has on those affected. It encourages young people to challenge harmful practices that violate human rights, while understanding the beauty of culture, and that it is no excuse for abuse. The exhibition puts a spotlight on these issues and showcase the poetry, performance and photography skills from the young people.
 
We want to use the exhibition to encourage young people regardless of their background or gender to speak out about this issue and to educate them on the practice. It’s a great opportunity for them to meet other young activists who want to make a difference and have a platform at which to raise important issues of young people today.

You can visit the exhibition between Friday 4th – Sunday 27th February 2022, in the ‘Make Space’ exhibition space on the 3rd floor of the International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AX.