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EXPO @ 21c: Amplify the Revolutionary Power of Your Voice with Artist Whitney Bradshaw

April 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Join Whitney Bradshaw, the feminist artist and activist behind the celebrated social practice project OUTCRY, for an hour-long workshop.

Angry? Want to do something about it? Join Whitney Bradshaw, the feminist artist and activist behind the celebrated social practice project OUTCRY for an hour-long workshop regarding anger, silencing, finding your voice and using it to heal and fight for what you believe in. Whitney will give a brief overview of OUTCRY, lead you through some writing prompts that will help you pinpoint what you’d like to scream about, teach you how to make your very own scream box and provide an opportunity for you to let it all out! You’ll have time to personalize your box by decorating it with images, words, drawings, protest slogans, or whatever else you come up with that best amplifies the message you want to convey.

Basic materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring specific pictures or words to decorate their boxes, feel free to bring them along.


Since 2018, Whitney Bradshaw has been traveling across the United States with OUTCRY, a social practice project for which she leads womxn in empowering, therapeutic and community building scream sessions photographing participants mid-scream to create a collective portrait of resistance, motivate political action, and build feminist solidarity through radical empathy.


OUTCRY scream sessions give women, non-binary, and genderqueer people permission and a brave place to take up space and be loud. Many participants share stories they’ve never told anyone; some scream for the first time ever. And the resulting photographs — exhibited in floor-to-ceiling grids, carried as larger-than-life portraits at protests, or mounted on billboards and projected in public spaces — present women’s unbridled self-expression without regard to society’s expectations.


As restrictions on reproductive choice and LGBTQ+ rights spread around the nation, OUTCRY brings transformation, amplifying women’s voices with an unflinching belief in their power to make both personal and political change. To date more than 500 women have participated in OUTCRY. Together their portraits create a monumental act of resistance.


Bradshaw is an artist, activist, educator, curator, and former social worker living in Chicago. Her work has been shown widely across the United States including solo shows at Atlanta Contemporary, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the DePaul Art Museum, and Wave Pool Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center. The Museum of Contemporary Photography, the DePaul Art Museum, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell collect her work which has been published in Ms. Magazine, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Vogue. This fall Bradshaw was named one of NewCity Magazine’s top 50 Chicago Artists’ Artists. Both she and OUTCRY are the subject of a documentary film titled OUTCRY: Alchemists of Rage directed by Clare Major which is currently in post-production. Now curator at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, she was previously the chair of the visual art conservatory at ChiArts, an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, and curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection.


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