Joanna Szproch

Manifesto

As a human, I defy the confines imposed on women, rejecting the dual expectations of being only attractive and chaste. I cultivate resilience through self-discovery and an uninhibited exploration environment central to my work. My photographs explore diverse dichotomies; sexual - divine, sensitive - brave, authentic - performed, embracing serendipity alongside meticulous preparation to create contradictory images that seek the ineffable in reality and perceive the genuine in the imaginary. I do not replicate men's fantasies but discover my own, portraying a harmonious integration of inner and outer selves — a visual embodiment of joy, pleasure, and curiosity, a kaleidoscope of emotions in motion, and an embodied palette of human capabilities.

In my broader mission, I make the personal political by sharing my experiences as a visionary woman, an artist,
a thinker, a single mother, a violence survivor, and an immigrant. Despite the concept of determinism, I firmly believe in the inherent right to personal choice and agency, transcending societal norms. I refuse to be silenced by shame or censorship and work to guide our actions with empathy and respect, not morals or taboos.
I advocate for understanding violence as a tool for prevention, growing resilience, and empowerment to shape a more welcoming future. My goal is to confront challenges, educate, and foster change through autobiographical and participatory methods. Through honest and empathetic communication, I aim to build trust, connect with others, and shed light on less visible experiences.

I'm dedicated to harnessing personal narratives' transformative power. My vision is a local community supporting women facing adversity fostering healing,
self-discovery, and empowerment. Actively co-creating, we address the need for belonging, challenging societal constraints on women, recognizing each individual's dignity, advocating mutual respect, and fostering a culture of learning from each other. Our emphasis is on
resilience, skill-sharing, and self-sufficiency, rejecting prejudiced and patronizing attitudes. We acknowledge the importance of recognition for those often
victim-blamed individuals, amplifying diverse perspectives and empowering women to reclaim their agency and self-esteem. We shift the narrative from objectification to subjecthood, asserting personal worth from authenticity.

We explore joy and resilience through playful creativity, storytelling, and a nuanced understanding of individual experiences, transforming trauma and shame. Our community values self-reflection, manifestation,
and personal boundaries, treating participants' skills as personal capital. Rejecting online superficiality, we prioritize personal encounters, differentiating offline and online, private and public domains. Expression is intertwined with experience, and our goal is to explore participants' resourcefulness and encourage
self-reliance. Through diverse ability practices, we seek to create a de-centered and stabilizing knowledge-making environment. Collective work fosters care, and countering isolation practices inherent in the neoliberal agenda of self-improvement. We affirm that personal worth comes from staying true to oneself.