The Herstories Archive is an auto-ethnographic project that has collected 285 personal narratives of mothers from the north, south and east of Sri Lanka during the years 2012-2013. The stories highlight, in the women’s own words, their family histories, their experiences of war and peace, and their hopes for the future.
The project is based on the idea that in war and peace, women’s stories of resilience, courage, and hope are marginalized or left out of history. The project bears witness to these lost narratives in order to mitigate the dangers of a single, master narrative in post-war Sri Lanka. The stories are told in hand-written letters, photo-essays, short video, “trees of life,” and collective memory mapping methods.
Colombo Sri Lanka