Soad A. Kader | listen to our stories

I love quotes – meaningful words of varied perspectives on life that resonate. My recent focus is collecting voices of women, particularly women of color. It is critical for all of us to see/hear/feel ourselves being represented in the world we live in. Through these morsels of thought we can find connection and inspiration. Hearing from an endless variety of amazing women all over the world and throughout time got me seeing them talking to each other, listening and supporting each other. Listen to our stories explores this vision.

Made with ink, acrylic, various mediums and paper on canvas, I build up reliefs in the shape of a variety of female silhouettes inspired by my memories of the ancient Egypt of my childhood and the vision of a world where we all have a place at the table.

I care about who you are, who you have been, who you want to be. I open myself to you to listen and learn about you. I cherish you, not just my fantasy of who you are, not just who I need you to be, but who you really are... ~Betty Berzon

Remember your roots but expand your worldview. ~Soledad Muesco Manaay

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story. ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Solidarity between women can be a powerful force of change, and can influence future development in ways favourable not only to women but also to men. ~Nawal El-Saadawi

There is a surrendering to your story and then a knowing that you don’t have to stay in your story. ~Colette Baron Reid