When Covid-19 came to our shores, we all battled the same storm. But we were not in the same boat.
Amina MWRC has worked with Muslim, Black and minority ethnic (BAME) women in Scotland for more than two decades.
When the Covid-19 pandemic progressed through the country, women came to us harbouring hidden wounds. Wounds that disrupted once-in-a-lifetime rituals, fracturing already challenging day to day lives. As they carried out their Covid-19 impact assessments, the women spoke on a range of issues, from engaging with Black Lives Mattermovement and extended family relationships, to coercive control - all of this exacerbated by the unending isolation brought on by the pandemic. Amina witnessed the impact the pandemic was having on their resilience as homemakers, mothers, wives, sisters and on their strength as women; imprinting an indelible mark on their psyche.
Life in the Time is an urgent call to action to address the lack of support for marginalised and socially excluded women. Over one hundred Muslim, BME women came together in early 2021 to connect, reflect and create, a series of culturally responsive and mindfully curated online sessions.
The poems, films and images are the tangible expressions of these experiences. A reflection on the past, an acknowledgement of our present and a message for the future: when all this is over, and forgotten. A message to generations to come and the future selves of the women who created this work.
“We were not voiceless, it’s just no one was listening.”
LIFE IN THE TIME is an interactive online exhibition, touring digitally in partnership with An Lanntair, Aberdeen ArtsCentre, DCA Dundee, Horsecross Perth, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow Tramway, Traverse Theatre and Mac Arts Centre.