Memento is a diptych portrait series based on the #MeToo movement that Rachel Wisniewski has been working on since October 2017. Wisniewski looked specifically to focus on the millions of stories of sexual misconduct that go unreported and unnoticed by the media.

The first image within each diptych is a current portrait of a survivor, and the second image is of the survivor holding a photograph of herself at the age when she can first remember being harassed or assaulted.

The definition of the word memento is “an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event.”

Coincidentally, memento has the word “men” in the center, with “me” and “to” framing it.

Artist Bios

  • Rachel Wisniewski

    Rachel Wisniewski is an independent photojournalist and writer based in Philadelphia, USA.

    Her work often explores stories at the intersections of community, identity and trauma—including topics that personally affect her, such as Jewish identity, hearing loss, and the #MeToo movement. She has six years of professional experience and is a regular contributor to publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and more.

    Wisniewski was a Gwen Ifill Fellow through the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2020, and was a mentee in The Center at the Anderson Ranch, led by Ed Kashi and Jim Estrin, from 2020-2022. She received a grant from National Geographic Society in 2021, and grants from the International Women’s Media Foundation and the Solutions Journalism Network in 2022. In 2023, she had ten photographs acquired by the Library of Congress.

    Beyond photography, Wisniewski is passionate about volunteering, reading, and food. When she doesn’t have a camera in her hands, it’s probably because she’s eating pizza.



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 archive : 2019

Featuring: Rachel Wisniewski

Presented by: Photoville
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