In the Punt de Vista workshops, we use participatory photography with vulnerable people who do not always have access to photography or photographic language and who tend to go unnoticed within society. We attempt to transform photography into a tool for expression and social and personal transformation to accompany creative process, reinforce identity, question categories and promote social inclusion.
Sexual abuse in childhood has not diminished with time; the difference is that people are beginning to talk about it and more cases are being reported. We use participatory photography in a project aimed at people in a therapeutic process at the Vicki Bernadet Foundation. The aim is to accompany them in their recovery and offer them image as a means of expression that allows each to find the way to reconstruct their own narrative.
This project continues previous experiences of participatory photography in the Barcelona district of Sant Martí and aims to strengthen the incipient bond created between people living in a local community and to take a step forward in destigmatising mental health problems. Opening up to new participants, a “mixed” group of people, with and without a diagnosis, exchange skills and knowledge, strengthening their commitment to each other.
For four months, ten amateur photographers diagnosed with some kind of mental health problem went out on the streets to take portraits of their neighbours, with the help of a mobile photography studio. Through this experience of direct contact with other people, a door was opened to the creation of new ties among people sharing the same neighbourhood.
Adolescence is an enigma. For someone intending to work from the outside, the private world of an adolescent is not easily accessed. For six months, we held a photography workshop in which the adolescents themselves revealed their world to us, without fear of judgement, with apprehension perhaps, but truthfully.
Learning to see can be understood as an attitude, a personal commitment, and a discovery of the intention that is behind a gaze. For four months, the participants in this photography workshop -all of them people diagnosed by some kind of mental health problem- were able to explore their capacity for creative expression through the camera.
Using photography not only as testimonial record but also as a discovery and reaffirmation of one’s own viewpoint, a group of young migrants in their years explored for four months the possibilities of using images as vehicles for the expression of what they feel.
In an attempt to introduce photographic language to participants as a tool for expressing their own circumstances and reality, we organized the first two participative photography workshops with people diagnosed with some kind of mental health problem. The project was conceived and carried out in collaboration with our partner the photographer Patricia Esteve.
This workshop originated with the idea of creating a therapeutic method through photography and photographic material that could be useful to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other similar conditions, designed for them, their caregivers, and their family members. The project was conceived and carried out in collaboration with photographer Jordi Oliver.
Our first experience of a participative photography workshop based on the premise that groups with little visibility in society can speak in the first person. The workshop was conceived and led by Caro García, an alumnus of the Punt de Vista, and aimed at senior citizens, in an attempt to discover new perspectives and new ways of looking through the lens of a camera.
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