This year on International Womens Day, we wanted to focus on the women of FarGo Village, who are working hard to create thriving independent businesses and share their creativity with Coventry. Our newest tenant, Claudia Rose Carter from The Photography Initiative, took a close up look at our fab FarGo women- thank you Claudia for the beautiful photographs and the strong words.
“In May of 2016 I sat in a brewery in Hackney Wick with The Gentlewoman magazine to escape from the pouring rain and reading these words resulted in a slight epiphany. “Women, in all fields – whether mothers or not – still encounter an extraordinary number of obstacles. They have to hold too many things together and often sacrifice their aspirations in the name of affections. To give an outlet to their creativity is thus especially arduous. It requires a great deal of motivation, strict discipline and many compromises. Above all, it entails quite a few feelings of guilt. And in order not to cut out a large part of one’s private life, the creative work should not swallow up every other form of self-expression. But that is the most complicated thing.”
Elena Ferrante (pseudonym) understood me. She made me feel as though I wasn’t alone. She confirmed that the depths of my anxiety were, in fact, entirely justified. That it IS a struggle for us to balance all of these different sub-sections of our life and that it’s absolutely fine for us to speak loud about it without feeling shame.
These portraits were taken on International Women’s Day 2018. They feature some of the other incredible women that offer their creativity and passion from a base at FarGo Village. I stand by you all. ”