MEDUSA was founded by Eden Szymura and Emily Walters, who met whilst studying at Durham University in the UK.
Eden Szymura is an award-winning writer, artist and creative facilitator whose work stretches across the written word, photography and graphic design. Her work is influenced by the study of English Literature and explores gender, mental health and inequality.
She has published articles in Palatinate, The Eyes Journal and Twenty Two Percent; her poetry, including the award-winning ‘For Henryk’, has been published in Penny Thoughts, Iceberg Tales and The Butler Scholarly Journal.
With a background in campaigning and social activism, Eden has organised events for Amnesty International and ECO DU, including climate strikes and arts showcases. Most recently, she curated ‘Optica’, a long exposure photography exhibition in collaboration with Alexandra Carr and Outstanding Art Gallery.
Eden has been a feminist as long as she can remember, even when she didn’t know it had a name. A turning point for her was being given Hélène Cixous’ ‘Laugh of the Medusa’ to read by a teacher. It led her down a rabbit hole she is still exploring and opened up for her a language through which to explore gender and sexuality. She hopes MEDUSA will spark that same fascination in other people.
Fascinated by the intersections of art and activism, cultural memory and curation, Emily Walters is an award-winning linguist, academic and illustrator. Having studied German, French and Visual Culture whilst working in creative events management, much of her writing is centred on identity, connection and social change.
Most recently, her essay on the interplay of censorship, feminine agency and the art of protest within Ireland’s Referendum to Repeal the Eighth Amendment was published in the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture Journal, whilst her examination of Postmemory and Feminine Perpetrators in Film was Durham’s highest-scoring German dissertation the year of her graduation.
As part of her MA she discovered her love of curation – interning at mima during their preparations for Fragile Earth, an exhibition on ecology and the urgent, collective need to protect our planet, as well as co-curating Time, Perception, Environment, an exploration of slowness through Durham University’s art collection.
From her perspective, the core of feminism is advocating equality, speaking out against injustice and dismantling oppressive structures of power. Incited by Cixous’ vision, she hopes for MEDUSA to be an inclusive, creative space, always seeking to encompass a plurality of perspectives.