I am a Girl is a collaborative, community project looking at how scholars and the general public define and identify as “girls”. We will provide reflections on ten years of working with girlhood, explore definitions of “girl” historically, discuss gender identity today and how “girl” can mean many things, and then invite the public to submit – in the form of blog posts – their stories on why they identify as “girl.” The project aims to showcase the varied definitions of girlhood and the fluidity of gender identity today, advocating for greater inclusion in the term “girl” while also providing space for scholarly and community discussion on gender identity.
The selected works explore the feeling of disconnection, of having to redefine and re-examine identity in light of new environments. Whether it is missing their country of birth, a longing for new surroundings, or a desire to connect to a sense of ‘home’, each artist sheds light on the attempt to find grounding in times of instability. While some speak to the ways in which perceptions of the female experience can differ depending on societal contexts and norms, all show how individual expression can act as a medium through which solace can be found.
This exhibition explores the experiences of refugee girls through art and poetry by Kim Abi Zeid Daou.