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Africa Health Research Institute: Photovoice Project

"Photography is the story I fail to put into words."

Words by- Destin Sparks

About

Africa Health Research Institute

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.

Collaborative Partner: Interfer

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.

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What is Photovoice?

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.

Step 1

Facilitated photovoice theoretical and practical training

Step 2

Telling stories using photography

Step 3

Composing photos and stories

Step 4

Lighting

Step 5

Rule of thirds

Step 6

Storytelling using photography

Step 7

Journaling and documenting personal reflections

Some of the Results

The photographs and stories were organized according to different themes that emerged when the photojournalists submitted their stories.

Photovoice Participants

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.

Sbonokuhle Sithole

Sbonokuhle Sithole

My name is Sibonokuhle Andile Sithole. I stay at Entweni Enkolokotho in Mtubatuba.

Lungisani Mkhwanazi

Lungisani Mkhwanazi

I am Lungisani Mkhwanazi, I am 21 years old, and I stay in Mtubatuba.

Zamo Gumede

Zamo Gumede

My name is Zamokwakhe Gumede, I am 22 years old. I live in the KwaHoho area.

Nosipho Nyawo

Nosipho Nyawo

I am Nosipho Thobeka Nyawo. I was born in 1999 and I am 22 years old

Smanga Mkhwanazi

Smanga Mkhwanazi

My name is Smanga Mkhwanazi, originally from KwaZulu-Natal, Mtubatuba and I’m 22 years of age.

Kwanele Ndlovu

Kwanele Ndlovu

My name is Kwanele Ndlovu, and I am 20 years old. I am currently a student and I stay in KwaMshaya, Mtubatuba.

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