Coming from a belief in the female body and the stories they hold, Reid asked the contributing artists of AAMAA to write 'The History of My Body'. With questions prompting them: to give a timeline description of their body at different ages, to describe their first period, sexual experience, pregnancy, or illness.
The women wrote long and beautiful pieces about how they experience their female body. Each essay was, of course, different because each body was so different. Some wrote poems, some wrote essays, some wrote one clear moment or story.
For the exhibition, Ma: A History of Us, at Siddhartha Art Gallery, curators Irina Giri and Ryan Elisabeth Reid selected short quotes from the writings, had the women hand write each other's selected phrases, and hung the quotes among self portraits the women had drawn of themselves.
Since leaving Nepal, Ryan has continued this project by asking women anywhere in the world to submit their own 'History of my Body'.
Interested? You can submit yours here. * Because bodies are so personal, all writings will remain anonymous.