Intersectionality is a concept that describes how oppressive systems intersect and overlap, influencing the daily experiences of individuals, particularly those who belong to multiple marginalized communities. An individual can simultaneously face several forms of discrimination depending on their identity (e.g. sexism, racism, classism, etc.). All forms of discrimination mutually reinforce each other because they share a common foundation: the notion of a dominant group benefiting from the oppression of a marginalized group. This is why discrimination forms can only be deconstructed if they are acknowledged as integral parts of the same puzzle. This interconnectedness gives rise to a global struggle that is intersectional in nature, highlighting that true freedom is collective liberation that can only be achieved until it extends to all individuals.

Bayan Hilles, 2023

When I initially encountered the term "intersectionality," I experienced a sense of relief in discovering a word that resonates with my lived reality. As I curated a vision board for intersectionality, a multitude of associations flooded my thoughts, reflecting the diverse facets of this concept. My associations are rooted in literature, artistic interventions, museum theories and practices as well as the global geo-political context. Unravelling intersectionality and what it means to me was a process that has unfolded throughout my life, a journey I chose to capture in this vision board.

Despite historical injustices and the discrimination faced by marginalized communities, there is potential for positive social change and museums have a big part in that. In the face of injustice, cultural spaces can inspire hope and act as a catalyst for action.

Bayan Hilles, 2023
Miro Board by Bayan Hilles, 2023