This creative collaboration pairs Duke students and other volunteers with North Carolina artists to produce documentary portraits.
The Calla Campaign
Empowerment through the integration of innovative new women's health technologies, visual arts, and story-telling.
- Center for Global Women's Health Technologies(external link)
- Health Humanities Lab(external link)
- Center for Documentary Studies(external link)
- Nimmi Ramanujam(external link)
- Deborah Jenson(external link)
- Wesley Hogan(external link)
- Gita Suneja(external link)
- Libby Dotson(external link)
- Julia Sroda Agudogo(external link)
- Mercy Asiedu(external link)
- Fati Abubakar Gangaran(external link)
- Kristel Black(external link)
About the Project
The Calla Campaign is the creation of a proud team of female engineers, physicians, historians, humanists, global health researchers, and artists. The project’s purpose is to reframe women’s reproductive health through a self-exploration project that educates and empowers women about their own reproductive anatomy and shares findings with the public via a series of art exhibits to raise awareness and promote dialogue.
The Calla Campaign involves (1) woman-centric technology, the Callascope, for self-visualization of the inner vagina and cervix, (2) in-depth interviews of women from different cultures, education and socioeconomic levels, (3) art and storytelling by local and nationally renowned artists. It is being piloted with local women in Durham, NC, USA with plans to expand to a multicultural scale with women in Lima, Peru and Accra, Ghana.
Reflections from a participant who performed self-exploration with the Callascope capture the importance of this campaign, “When I think of female reproductive anatomy I think of that it’s enigmatic, hidden from us physically. We don’t have a lot of external genitalia, but it’s also hidden in the way that we don’t talk much about it. So, this was an eye-opening experience to be able to visualize something that is so intrinsically a part of me that I have never seen in this way before. It was much more personal and fascinating than I expected it to be.”
The inaugural art exhibit will feature the works and quotes of Calla study participants, student artists, and renowned local Durham artist, Saba Taj.
Opening Reception: (In)visible Organ, a mixed media exhibitFriday, February 1 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pmMeet the artists, and share food and beverages @ the Ruby to celebrate the opening of a very unique exhibit, (In)visible Organ, which integrates visual arts and global health technology to address women's health disparities through dynamic mixed-media storytelling.
- Screening“The (In)visible Organ” with Artist Q&AThursday, February 7 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pmHow much do we know about female reproductive body parts? How do we feel about it? Join us in a screening of the 15-min documentary "The (In)visible Organ," followed by an open discussion of women's perceptions of their reproductive organs and of art as a creative practice of discovery.