The “I’m Tired” Project utilizes photography, the human body and written words as a tools highlight the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions & stereotypes and pull back the layers of discrimination to reveal thoughts and feelings that aren’t usually voiced through fear of backlash and lack of being relatable.
Co-creators Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans use social media to share photos of what participants are most tired of, which is displayed across their bare backs creating a positive space for people to share their personal stories. Participants remain anonymous providing a safe and honest platform to be both vulnerable and empowered.
Since its inception in July 2015, the UK-based project has effectively initiated a social debate around daily prejudices faced by people from all walks of life. It has succeeded in reaching over 2 million people, spanning 45 over countries, with each photo reaching an average 23,000 people. In February 2016, Paula and Harriet received the prestigious “Points of Light” Award from the UK Prime Minister for their work on the project. “The Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.” The award was presented by the British Deputy Consul General in New York.
The project has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, the Huffington Post, AFROPUNK, TeenVogue and Buzzfeed. The pair have also exhibited their work in New York and Nottingham.