Sep 12 – Oct 18, 2013 :: Reception Sept 12 :: Boseman Art Gallery Warwick Center, UNC Wilmington

September 12th, 2013

Art and Advocacy: Street Children Have a Voice
September 12-October 18
Reception: September 12, 5:30-7:00pm – Warwick Center Lobby Gallery
Gallery Talk 5pm Warwick Center Ballroom 4

As a documentary photographer UNCW alumna Lisa Marie Albert utilizes photos, illustrations and stories to bring to life the experiences of street children in Lira, Uganda and her experience working with them using Photovoice. Sponsors: Boseman Art Gallery & College of Health and Human Services

ART & ADVOCACY

The end goal of this exhibit is to promote and protect child rights around the world. This gallery and people who promote the artwork and words of these children are taking a part in helping the voices of these children to be heard. If not for giving them the opportunity to put their words and art on paper, we would not know their struggles, needs, hopes, and desires for their lives.

As a local advocacy campaign effort beginning in October 2010, nine venues in Lira, Uganda hung a total of twelve posters which are compilations of the stories and artwork of 6 street kids from Lira. The artwork and stories were produced by the children and recorded in September 2010. I hope to have a traveling exhibit of this work around the U.S. and Uganda. Please visit my earlier blog posts where I reported from each day of the workshop:

Day 1 :: Camera and Storytelling Essentials

Day 2 :: Storyboards

Day 3-5 :: Prints, Narrative, Guest Photographer

Story Exhibit in Lira

The opt-in 1-week+ workshop I led included teaching street children about telling stories through words and images. I taught the basic story arc and how to take a photograph. I also introduced them to the internet. Most kids had never seen it before, though they knew the concept of a computer (CRO had a computer). They were allowed to tell any story through photos, illustrations, and art. They were given a disposable camera, which they kept for one day. They presented their top five photos to the class, and described their story board illustrations to me in an interview style. CRO provided a translator the entire workshop.

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