Photovoice: A Disability Pride Photography exhibition, on display in Tweed Heads for the International Week of People with Disability, unveils a compelling visual narrative of often overlooked stories.
Social Futures Community Engagement Coordinator, Gemma Ferris, says the project captures the diverse and distinct perspectives of people living with disability.
“Photovoice is a form of photographic storytelling. It is a 5 week program and the people who are exhibiting their work have been engaged with the project over 3 years.
“Each week participants take a photo that helps them to express how they feel about a topic relating to themes like self-appreciation, inclusion, courage and pride” Ms Ferris said.
As part of the project participants meet weekly to share their photos and artist statements about their work with each other and discuss what the topics mean in their life within their own lived experience of disability.
“The photos show the reality of the photographers’ lives to the community – they illuminate challenges, celebrate triumphs and hopefully will also prompt the broader community to have a deeper appreciation of the lives of people with disability and the issues that affect them.”
Through the exhibition, held in partnership with Richmond Tweed Regional Library, the public is invited to witness the unique experiences and personal narratives of people living with disability in their community.
Tweed Heads Photovoice Exhibition will be held during library opening hours for a week from Saturday 2 December to Friday 8 December at Richmond Tweed Regional Library, Tweed Heads branch, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.
You can learn more about Photovoice by watching this video on the Social Futures website: https://socialfutures.org.au/service/photovoice-share-the-world-through-your-eyes/
If you are aged 18 years or older and interested in being part of Photovoice – Disability Pride groups with Social Futures, call 1800 522 679 or email [email protected]