318.7 Visual approaches to social change in South Africa: What difference does it make?

Thursday, August 2, 2012: 12:00 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Distributed Paper
Shannon WALSH , South African Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
In early 2002 we ran an arts based HIV prevention initiative with a group of young people aged 15-17 from different race, class and geographic areas in Cape Town, South Africa. Using engaged pedagogical approaches over the next few years, the young people were actively involved in creative writing, video and photography projects. They were also actively involved in their community as peer outreach workers. Almost ten years later we interview them about what they retain. Each has travelled on different journeys and been faced with different constraints that has implications of the effectiveness of such work. Where are they now, and as adults, what do they have to say about the visual, memory and social change?