“Affecting” Change through Participants’ Images of Their Settlement Experience in a Small Canadian City
A primary goal was to generate images and texts that could be used in exhibitions and materials for the general public as well as service providers and policy makers. Here the idea was not simply to provide interesting information about newcomers, but to invite viewers to reflect on the spaces and practices of their community as a site of settlement. To that end we are working with the images and interview texts to develop a public exhibition that will occur in spring 2018; there will also be an online version.
In this presentation we discuss the tensions, challenges and possibilities of working with these images (e.g., non-professional, sometimes blurry, apparently banal) in order to make a powerful exhibition that works artistically and affectively as well as informationally – and that does justice to the intents and purposes of the participants. We also reflect on the strengths and limitations of Photovoice methodology for this kind of project.