When the Blackbird Sings is an exhibition of photographs by Jannica Honey currently showing at the Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh which focuses on the female body and its links with nature.
There’s a phenomenon from the exhibition: the images are individually disconcerting and challenging but collectively inspiring and empowering.
It speaks directly to Bella’s themes of autonomy and self-determination and ‘finding power.’
The exhibition came after a process of failed IVF treatment and reflection on male power, MeToo and the toxic realm of Trumpism.
The photographs are all shot in twilight, as light fades. It’s a liminal moment that seems to have spoken to a far wider audience than a fine arts crowd or a feminist silo.
“You have 15 minutes, tops, or either there’s too much shadow or it’s too dark.” It seemed like a potent metaphor. “It’s not just the light disappearing, it’s the time ticking away like in life. It reminded me of every single time I’ve been ovulating and trying to make a baby, because that’s just a brief moment in the month as well. You only have two days.”
What started as a reverie on a moment slipping away has transformed into a movement of strength, solidarity and hope with multiple collaborations and events coming out of the project.