'Exploring the beauty of an untold story. Capturing our bodies at peace and accepting the past and thoughts behind the marks.'
'Acceptance is Peace' was holistic photography project lead by photographer Bardha Krasniqi, self-love and mental health advocate Yasmin Elizabeth; produced with support of pop-up gallery Project Mission Gallery and Pempeople in Peckham, London.
This exhibition aimed to celebrate women in their most authentic forms, and listen to their stories. In a generation where women continually are sexualised and simultaneously judged for showing skin, we wanted to work on exploring the relationship women have with their bodies; on their own terms. Bardha produced a series of photos exhibited alongside quotes that participants shared during their photography sessions. These sessions were built around creating a unique atmosphere for participants to work through and share about their path to self-acceptance, their stories being equally important to the creation of the images.
The title 'Acceptance is Peace' is a calling for us to accept our bodies, our past, who we are, and how we feel. Living in an age where we are conditioned to be unsatisfied with what we have, we organized this exhibition with the intention of reminding participants and viewers of the importance of self-acceptance. We believe finding peace comes from expressing oneself or can start by observing others do so, and we hope to bring just that.