Words by- Destin Sparks
Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based across two campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa. The AHRI’s vision is optimal health and well-being of under-resourced populations. The AHRI’s research combines population, basic, social, and medical sciences to understand and intervene in the health and well-being of South African communities.
AHRI works in partnership with local communities and South African academic, governmental, and other policy stakeholders. We emphasize training of the next generation of African scientists. AHRI collaborates with over 60 institutions globally. The work lives of AHRI’s 500 scientists, students and staff members are driven by our values: ubuntu, transformation, leadership, innovation, excellence, and collaboration.
Interfer is an Arts-based collaborative social enterprise that strives to positively co-disrupt systems of exclusion through innovative arts, research, engagement and other programmes in collaboration with other professionals people and creatives. Our work is focused on participatory street art and other-arts based methods, storytelling, participatory workshops, research and programmes with the aim of amplifying voices and transformation.
We aim to positively co-disrupt public spaces to stimulate interaction and debate using the participatory arts and storytelling as transformative tools. We strive to work in direct consultation,partnership and collaboration with others, most notably the beneficiaries of projects. Our approach is grounded in participation, social innovation and building intersectoral, multi-disciplinary meaningful and impactful relationships.
Photovoice is a participatory visual process in which people – as researchers, communicators and photographers – identify, represent, reflect on, and document their communities, environments and reality(ies). It uses photography, individual art and the reflections of individuals to bring new and fresh insights and perspectives to raise awareness of the photographers’ – as researchers’- realities and perspectives. The photographic researchers or photojournalists in this project used their mobile phone cameras to explore how their lives and communities have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the unrest in KZN during July 2021.
The photographs and stories were organized according to different themes that emerged when the photojournalists submitted their stories.
The photographic researchers or photojournalists in this project used their mobile phone cameras to explore how their lives and communities have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the unrest in KZN during July 2021.