Liz Williams

Liz Williams

Why I Rebel

August 24, 2023 – October 22, 2023

The Why I Rebel series showcases a collection of portraits and audio interviews featuring community members who actively challenge prevailing currents of prejudice. In response to the prompt ‘Why I Rebel,’ participants are invited to share their insights through audio recordings while being photographed with their answers superimposed over their faces. The interviews and photographs serve the purpose of offering viewers a glimpse into the models’ perspectives on individual and communal resilience, determination, along with an unwavering commitment to change. Moreover, they aim to encourage viewers to engage in introspection, examine their own beliefs and actions, and consider how they can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.

The series is created by Liz Williams (She/They) and produced in collaboration with Southern Equality Studios, the art program of the LGBTQ+ non-profit organization Campaign for Southern Equality (

Presented by Forward Arts Foundation


Liz Williams

Located in Asheville, NC, Liz Williams has worked as a visual artist for 10 years exploring the line between the real and fantastic elements of life in the South in a variety of media including photography and illustration. Her work ranges from t-shirt designs calling for the dismantling of anti-LGBTQ legislation for Equality NC to portraits of nationally acclaimed musicians to animations of family cats. She is the program manager for the Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern Equality Studios, a project that explores how the arts can be a catalyst and force in achieving lived and legal LGBTQ equality across the South. Through her work with SES, Williams has received the Tzedek Impact Award and Center for Craft’s Craft Futures Fund.

During her spare time she enjoys singing, dancing, and laughing with her wife Amanda, along with napping with her two cats.


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