Artist/Photographer: Kristin Kempa ( Instagram )

Over the past few years, I have been documenting my life as I live with endometriosis: a painful, debilitating condition in which tissue similar to the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus, affecting the reproductive system, as well as invading other organs. I hope to start a dialogue concerning endometriosis as a feminist issue, both in terms of treatment options and general awareness in mainstream society. The treatments available for endometriosis, which affects 1 in 10 women, are extremely outdated. The most effective treatment (excision surgery) is expensive and hard to find because of the misinformation circulating around the disease within the medical community. The average diagnostic delay of 7-10 years is not acceptable. Self-documenting my life as a woman with endometriosis has served as an empowering way for me to take control of my physical and emotional state. “Fragments of Femininity” offers a glimpse into daily life with endometriosis, and is a reflection of the impact it’s had on me in my prime years. Initially, taking self-portraits was a way for me to channel that isolation I felt before being officially diagnosed. 

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Kristin Kempa will graduate with her BFA in Photography from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has been featured in i-D Magazine, i-D France and Curated by Girls.