PhotoVoice: Developing Positives From Negatives

April 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

Nine University of South Carolina Upstate students with varied disabilities have worked together to create an exhibit of photography, writing, and art that represents their collective voice and the message they want the Upstate community to receive about the experience of living with a disability.

“Students went into this project hoping that once their work is on exhibit, it will help identify sources of stress, frustration, and isolation for others living with disabilities,” said Margaret Camp, director of disability services at USC Upstate. “Once this knowledge is identified, the students hope it will bring about campus awareness and shape social policy.”

The exhibit entitled, PhotoVoice: Developing Positives From Negatives is a grassroots method of participatory action research in which people who identify with a community that has traditionally been marginalized share their experiences through photographic journalism, creative writing, and other artistic methods. Disability Services collaborated with Counseling Services and Multicultural Services on this project.

An exhibition and reception will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Life Center. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Margaret Camp, director of disability services at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5199 or mcamp@uscupstate.edu.