Beyond the Vessel

Exploring the evolution of reproductive autonomy. Advocating for the attainment of reproductive justice.

For too long, our reproductive decisions 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 people with marginalized identities. 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 address the systems of oppression that have set the foundation for barriers (both ideological and logistic) that still hinder reproductive autonomy today.
From 2017 to 2020, I traveled across the United States to photograph and interview people who have a wide variety of reproductive experiences, the providers who dedicate their lives to providing unbiased care, and the organizers who are working to improve access for all. Now that the pandemic is finally in retreat, I hope to focus on making more work in my home state, Arizona.
If you're interested in participating, you can reach me via email at info@beyondthevessel.com or by filling out the form below. To learn more about the types of experiences that are applicable to Beyond the Vessel, please visit the Participant Experience Examples page. 
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Scope of Work
Ultimately, the message of this work will be intersectional, feminist and in support of comprehensive reproductive heathcare — especially abortion care. 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 capture only what you’re comfortable with.
If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this project, please feel free to reach me at info@beyondthevessel.com.
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