Kindra Barrett: A Woman's Place

Artist Statement

A Woman’s Place is a portrait series that takes a deeper look into the world of women’s jiu-jitsu, a typically male-dominated sport. This work seeks to explore the complexity of experience that women of jiu-jitsu face.  A deficit of female training partners means women often train with larger and stronger male partners. These portraits focus on resilience, community, friendship, and motherhood. The photos in this series were inspired by the portrait work of Rineke Dijkstra’s Bullfighters and Judith Joy Ross’ Portraits made at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.   Turning away from overt references to sport and site, this work brings focus to the individual.

About the Project 

  • Title of Work: A Woman's Place
  • Medium: Framed photography
  • Student's Name: Kindra Barrett
  • Major: Digital Storytelling
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2023
  • Hometown: Columbia, MO
  • Student's Mentor: Joe Johnson
  • Mentor's Department: School of Visual Studies