Voicing our Individual and Collective Experience
April 17 – May 31, 2013
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery) presents PhotoVoice II Voicing our Individual and Collective Experience.
COVA (Center of Vocational Alternatives) empowered eight participants each with a camera to document their personal struggles with mental health issues and stigma. The 24 photo essays exhibit their persistence and hope on their roads to recovery. PhotoVoice II is a powerful tool to convey the humanity of an often overlooked population and to confront stigma through personal reflection and community awareness. It enables participants to see themselves and their recovery from new perspectives as they learn a skill which can enhance their lives. PhotoVoice not only helps participants cope with stigma but also confronts stigma through advocacy and education. The project is a public platform for people in recovery from mental illness-an opportunity to celebrate the photographers' artistry and educate the public about mental illness and the recovery process.
PhotoVoice, a participatory photography and digital storytelling method, is an empowering tool, used internationally in a variety of settings and among different constituencies. COVA learned about and brought the process to Columbus from the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, which uses PhotoVoice to combat the stigma people with mental illness face. PhotoVoice II: Voicing Our Individual and Collective Experience is a reprisal of COVA's 2009 art and advocacy project. Our 2012 participants created photo essays reflecting the issues of their recovery-their progress, areas of strength, aspirations and vision for their lives. They then wrote essays reflecting on the photos and what they communicate about their personal stories of struggle, persistence and hope. Tom Etter, a professional photographer, taught photography, guided participants as they took their photographs and assisted them in choosing works for the exhibition over a ten-week period.
Amy Beavis, COVA clinical staff member, led the program, guiding and assisting participants as they went through an often painful telling of their recovery stories.
The original artworks in the exhibition will not be for sale, but prints will be available for purchase on our website at http://www.cova.org/photovoice.
Wednesday April 17, 2013
5:30pm - 7:00pm
131 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.
Kim Webb, (614) 394-4159
Myken Pullins, (614) 225-0980