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Meet Her Place Is In

Today we’d like to introduce you to Her Place Is In.

Her Place Is In began with the simple idea to come together as a group of friends and new acquaintances and have a photoshoot. In the process of creating, we began having such satisfying conversations that we realized we had all been thirsty for. We are a diverse collective of women, and the more we bonded the easier it was to naturally dive deeper into more meaningful dialogue about social issues regarding diversity, empowerment, community, and change. Our art and our reflections developed alongside one another to become something bigger than we originally imagined.

That first photoshoot was centered around celebrating the diversity of our members. A friend lent us her local maker’s space, called Maker’s Loft, in Downtown Oakland and the shoot evolved into a physical exhibit that we invited our friends, family, and community to. They really showed up for us; we looked around and said, “Wow we might actually have something more long-lasting here.” It was around this time that we chose our name, inspired by the fact that women have historically been told where their place is. We wanted to reclaim that: our place is in.

Our first show was followed by a second shoot and showcase (opened up to our community) centred around the theme of celebrating diversity and redefining unhealthy beauty standards. Beyond that, we recently wrapped up the third shoot and show highlighting womxn and their relationship to their hair. Our goal was to throw a spotlight on the topic of hair as a social motif—a lens by which to tell the stories of humanity.

Throughout this journey, the world really picked up and became excited about our images! Hopefully, these images gained traction because they are able to speak to something that we all know deep down to be true: the strength in unity, the beauty in diversity, and the power that comes from empowering others—truths we need so much in our world today. We received an overwhelming amount of support and love from our local community as well as on a global scale from our online audiences and social media following.

Which brings us to today. We’re taking time to gameplan what’s next.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been both roses and thorns lining our path. We’re learning that when a person (or in our case a group of people) makes an effort to do something good, blessings and opportunities seem to arise. These blessings and opportunities guide us and propel us forward—but not without hardship and a huge learning curve on our part. Opportunities will appear, full of potential, but we need to be ready to make the moves and accept the work and responsibility it takes to manifest our visions into something tangible.

Navigating these events and giving them the dedication they deserve takes all hands on deck.

Our growth depends on continuing to keep our minds outstretched—creating an environment for us to be able to embrace things in stride. It’s not a graceful process! Learning to work in tandem as a team is hard: late nights, early mornings, tears, misunderstandings, arguments. It’s not easy working alongside other people and operating in such a broken world. But we’ve kept each other accountable and grow stronger together with every new hurdle!

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
Her Place is In is an organization that dedicates itself to social action through art. Focused on fostering community, celebrating diversity, and empowering femininity, our purpose lies in sharing stories, advancing social education, and creating spaces for people to have those necessary conversations that culminate into real-world change.

We’re ever-evolving. We started off as an organization that brought diverse groups of women together to tell their stories via different mediums, largely focused on photography and art exhibits. Now we’re transitioning into something different, and it’s really exciting—so stay tuned!

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Image Credit:
HER PLACE IS IN team photo taken by Alex Hernandez (@54Ghosts); The rest of the photos can be credited to HER PLACE IS IN

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