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Through Positive Eyes, a Participatory Photojournalism Project


Through Positive Eyes, a Participatory Photojournalism Project 

from the NYTimes lens blog:

The South African photojournalist Gideon Mendel spent more than a decade documenting H.I.V./AIDS in Africa. But despite his commitment and passion for the subject, he found he could not continue.“The time has come to hand over the camera,” Mr. Mendel said. “Me photographing H.I.V. positive people is just not appropriate anymore.”So Mr. Mendel, along with David Gere, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, created a participatory photography project that encourages people who are H.I.V. positive to tell their stories. Over the last four years, they have put cameras in the hands of 72 people living with H.I.V. in six cities across the globe. The project, called Through Positive Eyes and largely financed by the Herb Ritts Foundation and the Ford Foundation, operates in conjunction with the U.C.L.A. Art and Global Health Center, which Mr. Gere leads. It aims to dismantle stigma associated with H.I.V. using an unconventional form of photojournalism. read more

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Lead Uganda

L.E.A.D Uganda is an educational leadership program that transforms traumatized children living on the edges of society into leaders. We locate bright and motivated children – AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, abducted girls, child laborers – who have the raw materials to succeed but lack opportunity. more

Photo of the Day. May 8. « Lead Uganda.

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Imagining America Conference Links

**New Programs I have learned about while at the Imagining America conference,  Convergence Zones: Public Cultures and Translocal Practices, in Seattle, WA

The Public Square  (Chicago) By building bridges between theory and practice, The Public Square encourages the use of ideas as tools to improve people’s lives. These programs promote participatory democracy and create space for public conversations. Knowledge is power, yet much crucial knowledge still circulates only in small, isolated communities. 

RW121 Emerson Medellín – a bi-lingual, bi-national project among 100 students working across 5 First-Year Research Writing classes at Emerson College and MIT in Boston and 5 library parks (Parques Bibliotecas) and the Universidad Nacional in Medellín, Colombia.

Make Art / Stop AIDS
part of Art and Global HealthCenter at UCLA
(nod to Douglas Crimp- In 1987  edited a special AIDS-issue of October, entitled AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism. In his introduction to the edition Crimp argued for “cultural practices actively participating in the struggle against AIDS and its cultural consequences.”)

Through Positive Eyes throughpositiveeyes.org
Through Positive Eyes tells the story of HIV/AIDS at the end of the third decade of the epidemic, when potent antiretroviral medication has been devised, but when treatment access is far from universal. (Los Angeles, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro)t

 The Art of Regional Change  (UC DAVIS) brings together scholars, students, artists, and community groups to collaborate on media arts projects that strengthen communities, generate engaged scholarship and inform regional decision-making

Marga, Inc – A Firm, Founded by David Maurrasse, Committed to Developing Communication between Communities and Institutes
Anchor Institutions Task Force  – network to promote the role of anchor institutions in community engagement

Children’s Urban Geographies (Univ. of Buffalo)

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