In Discussion – Can Images Evoke Social Change?



  • Thistle Hall Gallery (map)
  • 293 Cuba Street
  • Wellington, Wellington, 6011
  • New Zealand

In Discussion – Can Images Evoke Social Change?

Join in the discussion on Saturday 4th March at 4pm
ENTRY BY KOHA

Join us for a panel discussion on the closing day of Photival Photography Festival. Photival's theme for 2017 is Our World on the Brink with each exhibition aligned with charities actively seeking to make change. 

Does photography have the ability to provoke and challenge audiences to change? What challenges do photographers have to reach and activate audiences? Are socially conscious photographers fulfilling their own desire to provoke society wide change? 

CHAIRED by Caroline McQuarrie - A Lecturer in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington. Her practice considers the idea of home, broadly expressed through the domestic, community, place and country. Through photography, video and craft-based works, McQuarrie explores what makes us feel as though we belong. She is currently working on various projects considering how small stories in out of the way places can reflect on what happens in the wider world, discovering how a site with a particular history can reflect on the present. 

PANEL:

Ben Laksana - Ben K. C. Laksana is a Photival Open Call Winner this year. He's a documentary photographer from Indonesia. He’s trained in sociology, especially within the areas of education and tries to visually explore this field through photography. He’s done a number of workshops in visual literacy with PannaFoto Institute in Jakarta, a documentary photography workshop with Foundry Photo Workshop, and was one of the lucky recipients to participate in the Angkor Photo Workshop in 2015. He is specializing in long-term, in-depth projects where he aims to have societies reflect on the socio-cultural structures that bind them in hopes that it will generate discussions on the way forward for societies themselves. His last exhibition in 2016 was with PannaFoto Institute and the Embassy of Netherlands in Jakarta.

Helen Mitchell - Helen Mitchell's research practice provides a survey of contemporary tattoo, Mitchell employs photographic portraiture and interviews across a broad cross-section of society and cultures that engage with tattoo. She has worked extensively in New Zealand and more recently Hong Kong which provides a relevant contemporary tattoo counterpoint from a comparative post-colonial culture. Helen is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington. She is also works with the Downtown Community Ministry in Wellington where she documents homelessness providing the Ministry with material that supports the visual communication of their important work. 

Pat Shepherd - Founder of the One Percent Collective. Pat has had extensive experience in the past of combining photography and social action. Find out more about him here. The One Percent Collective are partnered with Photival’s exhibiting show 1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, guest curated by Myles Little.

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