Voices of Resistance is an ongoing project at Boshemia to share narratives of activism in the current geopolitical climate. If you would like your story of activism shared with our global feminist community, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is our first installment.
For this first installment of Voices of Resistance, we turn to Appalachia—a region of the United States often overlooked—and remembered by many only for stereotypes of rural life, poverty, coal mining, and opioid abuse. This great swath of America has long endured sensationalized myths of identity and little media attention has been offered over the years to mitigate these perceptions.
Appalachia describes the cultural and geographical region in the contiguous United States that stretches from southern New York to northern Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. At the 2010 census, 25 million people were reported to inhabit this land of sleepy hollers and ancient mountains. That’s a substantial population to overlook, and that’s precisely what has happened.
Boshemia introduces a new bi-weekly art/literature initiative: Bo-Arts.Twice a month, we will share creative writing and visual art submissions from our readers and folks who identify as feminist to give a larger audience to emerging creatives. Our goal is to provide a platform for feminist artists to share and discuss their work.
This second installment of Bo-Arts, Enlightenment, is brought to you by the American artist Ashley Renee Hoffman. Ashley Renee Hoffman is a photographer and collage artist living amongst mountains of magazines, not unlike the Appalachian mountains around her. In 2011 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shepherd University with a concentration in photography and computer imagery. During this time she rediscovered her legacy as an Appalachian as well as her sexuality.
Eileen first met Laura Holliday in improv class when they were teenagers growing up in West Virginia. Now a filmmaker in Los Angeles, Laura interviewed with Boshemia for this week’s Women to Watch Wednesday. Among several recognitions, Laura’s recent film, Persephone Goes Home, received awards at The Palm Springs International Short Fest Film Marketplace, The Online Film Festival, WV Filmmakers Festival, the Lewisburg Literary Festival, and NFFTY 2016.