Presented by Robleswrites Productions Inc., highlights and celebrates the diversity, perceived flaws, and underappreciated features of intergenerational women living in New York City, through ritual healing exercises and original works of performance poetry, storytelling prose, photography, and experimental film. Award-winning performance poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado (robleswrites.com) created this project as an act of creative rebellion against those who seek to critique and diminish the distinct bodies of women of color.
Peggy not only aims to depict specific aspects of women’s bodies as individual works of art worthy of exalting in poetry, photography, film, and performance but also wants to see women of color proudly pose for cameras and continuously tell their stories as they age.
She asserts that women at any age are more than just daughters, sisters, or caregivers who fade from family photos- they are beautiful and deserve to be front and center. The entire project includes poetry, and prose, partially funded by a grant through The Bronx Council on the Arts.
The “More Than Just…” project features photos taken by Peggy Robles- Alvarado and edited by Tamara G. Saliva (tamaragsaliva.com) with production, makeup, and costume assistance by Lillybeth Gonzalez (lillybethgonzalez.com) and Vanessa Chica Ferreira (vanessachica.com). Gratitude to all who participated- Lillybeth Gonzalez, Nivea Castro, Priscilla Hernandez, Carla M. Cherry, Jacqueline Reason, Mary Hernandez, Sydney Valerio, and Vanessa Chica Ferreira- thank you for saying yes!
Lillybeth Gonzalez - for sharing your talent with hair, makeup, and styling
Kaila Bulé - for bringing your bull python snake named Strike
Claudia Whittingham- for lending us your beautiful handmade beaded jewelry
Daisy Arroyo- for your advice and keen eye
Vanessa Chica Ferreira- for everything you do within and beyond this project in support of Robleswrites Productions
Tamara G. Saliva- for editing and overall support of all aspects of this project and everything else I share with you
Iya Valorie Flynn & Iya Darlene Boyd - for facilitating workshops that led us to new ways of loving ourselves
The participants- Lillybeth Gonzalez, Nivea Castro, Priscilla Hernandez, Carla M. Cherry, Jacqueline Reason,
Mary Hernandez, Sydney Valerio, and Vanessa Chica Ferreira- thank you for saying yes!
Bronx Council on The Arts- for funding Bronx artists who dream outrageously big!