About the Series

Kageaki Smith

For this Focused initiative, Kageaki has contributed a series of powerful and thought provoking images to help promote awareness around the UNiTE campaign to End Violence against Women and Girls.  Kageaki states: “The world needs more education. People need to be more educated from a young age. Violence is a weakness, it is acted by those who lack control.”

He approaches this series creating and capturing private moments of internal struggle, unveiling a subtle narrative and introducing us to the sometimes unseen consequences of violence experienced by women. He discusses the solitary journey many of these women must take in order to comprehend what has happened and ultimately regain their confidence. Kageaki’s series slowly builds from an apprehensive, shy and hidden place, to an ultimate moment of triumph and self empowerment; transporting us to a place of freedom and rebirth.

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