REPORTING · 19th January 2016
The Celebrate Your Breasts Project opened at the Kitimat Museum and Archives on Friday, January 15th. The images in the exhibit are photos of the human body, nude, save for body paint over certain regions.
“The objective is to promote self-acceptance and self-esteem in all stages of life,” said Nancy Pratt.
Pratt explained the subjects of the photography come from all ages, young woman over 19 to women over 70. Around 80 people were photographed for the exhibit.
“It started out because I had badly ruptured silicone breast implants and I got really sick,” said Pratt.
She had been invited by the Terrace Art Gallery to do a piece about her story. Women from around the world were sending her photos and stories about their experiences and the exhibit was getting bigger.
“I realized I couldn’t do a project about Breast implants without touching on self-acceptance,” said Pratt.
The women in the photos chose images and words which they felt expressed their message before being painted by artists. Pratt expressed each of these women’s stories is different.
The majority of the subjects are local women, with the furthest being from Prince George. Most of the photos do not include a face to protect the identity of the person in the photo.
In addition, there were several screens around the room showing the other part of the exhibit: ‘Breast Implants, What Would it Take to Change Your Mind.’
This digital exhibit contains images and photos from women around the world.
When asked what message she hoped the people take away from this exhibit, Pratt replied: “Self-acceptance and self-love. We self-reject in so many ways through media imaging, there are such unrealistic expectations put on both women and men. I hope this will help to facilitate change. I know we don’t have to buy into that message.”
Pratt is very happy with how the exhibit turned out. “It knocks me out that people from a remote, North Western Community came together and did something like this,” said Pratt.