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Wretched Scrapbook

In 2014, when I was 25 years old, my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and suddenly needed two major surgeries to repair my destroyed pelvis. Throughout my recovery process, I kept an analog record of my experience, which I called my 'wretched scrapbook.' It began as a practical document to track my progress, and evolved into an outlet for expression; an exploration of pain, healing, willpower, and dreams. This journal helped me cope with the trauma of having my body broken and rebuilt again (twice).
On January 1, 2016, four and a half months after my second hip surgery, I began a process of documenting myself moving. This "movement journal" is a way for me to track the progress of my recovery, to witness my body changing and becoming stronger, more flexible, more stable. It is an archive and a practice that reminds me to be present and to use my body every day. I choose to share these personal experiments to advocate for body positivity, especially for women.
During a residency with The Bellwether, I expanded upon the work of my scrapbook and movement journal videos, extending the themes into self-published zines and a photography collaboration with Erin Albrecht. This collection of work is an ode to the body; a story about rebuilding myself and discovering a deep strength I never knew I had before.

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Kirstin Huber

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