Hundreds of women all over the U.S. contributed to this room, with diary submissions gathered via landing page HBOInspirationRoom.com, and through the help of media partners at The Wing, Bustle and theSkimm. The physical space housed these diaries in various forms, including compilation books, large-scale installations and audio recordings, as well as other forms of self-expression.
Some of HBO’s own talent was also featured in the exhibit, including Lena Dunham, Issa Rae, and several others. Additionally, the Room included a contribution from the collection of novelist Agatha Christie.
The Room also featured a series of videos bringing women’s real stories to life through dramatic readings by HBO talent Dominique Fishback (The Deuce), Natalie Gold (Succession), Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld) and Poorna Jagannathan (Big Little Lies). The videos cover a range of women’s experiences, including the trials and tribulations of dating, a father’s affair, depression, becoming a mother, and surviving breast cancer.