For too long, the reproductive decisions made by those of us who were assigned female at birth have been up for debate — that is, if we were given a choice to begin with. In the contemporary United States, abortion rights are regularly slashed, maternal mortality is on the rise, trans and queer people face medical discrimination, and forced sterilization is an all-too-recent memory for marginalized groups and incarcerated women. The fight for reproductive justice is far from over, and Beyond the Vessel aims to contribute to this conversation.
About Beyond the Vessel
My name is Amanda Mollindo (she/her) and my mission is to humanize the types of reproductive decisions and experiences that have been considered a cause for persecution. Combining portraits of people who are directly impacted by these issues with visuals that reference the history reproductive healthcare, I hope to uncover some of the underlying dogmas that have set the foundation for barriers (both ideological and logistic) that still inhibit reproductive autonomy today.
Over the next year, I am traveling across the United States to photograph and interview people who have a wide variety of reproductive experiences, the providers who dedicate their careers to providing unbiased care, and the organizers who are working to improve access for all.
I'm also searching for organizations and groups who can support my outreach for this project. If you know of anyone who might be interested in helping me identify and approach potential participants, please feel free to share this website with them or reach out to me with questions on how you or your organization can get involved.
Scope of Work
Ultimately, the message of this work will be intersectional, feminist and pro-choice. For that reason, it's important for all participants to be comfortable with their portrait being displayed in that light.
Images and videos from this work may be exhibited publicly, online, in the media, in a gallery, in a book, and more. Although I believe that showing your face in a photograph can be a powerful statement, I have every intention of respecting your needs. If you’re concerned about sharing your identity in public, we can work together to reveal only that which you’re comfortable with.
If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this project, please feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to Beyond the Vessel
If you don't have a story to share but would still like to contribute to this work, please consider donating to Beyond the Vessel. With the goal of traveling across 15 states to photograph and collect the video testimonies of 50+ people, costs to create this work are high and ongoing. A donation of any size will help me purchase film, pay for processing, buy photo supplies, and afford travel and boarding across the country. Thank you!