Common Confusement @ We Make Waves

This photo series of testimonies from conference attendees was produced by our partners and Berlin newcomers Common Confusement, and we love it!

“In order to further give a voice – and a face – to members across the gender spectrum who have been confronted with inequality and structural limitations of the music industry, Common Confusement teamed up with We Make Waves to create Narratives of the Nonbinary. These narratives are constituted by a series of striking informal portraits and accompanying statements of women, trans and non‐binary attendees who came together to celebrate diversity within the Berliner music community. The project aims to further promote discussion about gender equality in an artistic context and sustains hope of a society beyond the gender binary.”

The portraits were shot by Berlin-based artist and designer Adèle Logan, and photographer Miguel Guzman.

“I play the drums in a small garage-ˇpunk band. We go to a lot of shows and most of them are very male-ˇdominated. It is exciting to finally see things from a different perspective at this festival.” – Laura, musician
(photo Miguel Guzman)

“We are fighting. Little by little. Baby steps.” – Geraldo, DJ / producer
(photo Miguel Guzman)

 

“As a female musician, artist and writer I have been wrestling with major writer’s block because I felt like I always had to write about the same topics: racism and sexism. Mainly because these are topics that have always been right in front of my eyes.” – Achan, artist
(photo Adèle Logan)

 

“Empowering women should not be a separate question; it should be a given. The fact that festivals have to come together under these parameters is a sign that those structures are not in place yet.” — Nina
(photo Miguel Guzman)

 


“I am not a big fan of labels but it seems to me that they are necessary to start a discussion.”– Elena, musician
(photo Miguel Guzman)

 


“The role of arts in social movements has always been crucial. People not getting why feminism is still necessary is exactly what makes it necessary.” – Mario, musician
(photo Adèle Logan)

“As a Turkish queer person I have been discriminated against. I would like for people to better grasp the difficulties that queer people encounter in developing countries.” – Selim, activist trans* evi
(photo Adèle Logan)

“Even if I talk to women who have been in the music industry for 35 years, I notice they are still afraid to sit on a panel with other men.” – Matthias, Music Tech Fest
(photo Adèle Logan)

 

“This festival has been quite eye-opening as there is no such thing in Bremen. I feel as I have been living in a bubble as I have not really struggled with a lot of feminist issues myself, yet I now try to remind myself to expand my horizon and to look outside of my little bubble.”

— Maria

(photo Adèle Logan)