The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) invites you to My Views, Our Story: Youth Speak Through Visual Story-telling; a photo exhibition whereby South African youth explore concepts of justice and human dignity through the lens of a camera. The exhibition will be held at Kopano Nokeng, Bloemfontein on 28 September, 17:00 – 19:00.
In today’s fast-paced world where time is the most precious resource, it’s important that information is chopped into bite-sized consumable bits. And visual arts- through YouTube and Buzzfeed videos- have become an increasingly useful and fun way to do this. Young people, understanding the shift in the way information is constructed and shared, and being, also, active producers and consumers of this new way of knowledge sharing, have begun to tell their stories through the lens of their cameras. From selfies and Snapchats, to Facebook and Insta stories, young people share with us their lives and the ways in which they make sense of their being in relation to the world around them.
Through visual art, young people give expression to their identities and how their existence is formed and informed by those around them. Through visual art, young people show society the localities of belonging and exclusion- from justice and a dignified life. In their form of visual story-telling, young people show us how they mobilise, resist, persist and change society. They prove their agency, their power and their awe-inspiring potential to create a better South Africa.
This exhibition will be an opportunity for community members and others who find themselves in Bloemfontein on the day, to listen and engage with young people on themes of identity, belonging, justice, human dignity and reconciliation. Young people will share their stories and interpretations of each of the concepts from their unique viewpoints and positionalities, and do so in critique of the current national socio-political discourse. These photographs will evoke emotions and confront ideas central to post 1994 South Africa. These photographs will depict the challenges inherited by young people, and explain the ways in which young people have to negotiate spaces, positions and ways of being.
This is rare opportunity to hear what is on the hearts of young people, to reflect on our fragmented society through their lens, and ultimately pass the mic to young people so that their voices are amplified, prioritised and respected.
Date – 28 September
Time – 17:00 – 19:00
Venue – Kopano Nokeng, Bloemfontein
RSVP – Caroline Hlekiso, at SDIntern1@IJR.org.za