The Welcome Is Big as The House Is Small Photography Exhibit Comes to New York!
The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big:
Using photography to empower lives in Africa.
Exhibition on View: Saturday, September 20, 2008-Saturday, October 18, 2008
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY 10018
Aperture has a long-standing history of combining photography and social consciousness. Therefore, we are always thrilled when other organizations do the same.
The House is Small is a traveling exhibition featuring photographs taken by women and children in Africa who are affected either directly or indirectly by HIV/AIDs. The project first began in the township of Cape Town, South Africa with 15 HIV positive women being taught the fundamentals of photography. These women were then encouraged to document their lives using the camera as their tool.
The project was then extended to include children in Maputo, Mozambique who had been orphaned by family members with AIDs. Like the women in Cape Town, these children were also given cameras and instruction on how to use them. Their remarkable stories, along with their images, can be viewed here.
This type of project, described by co-creator Neal Baer as “participant photography,” brings a new perspective to traditional photo documentation. The show is an incredible achievement and helps to remind us of how art can make a positive impact on the world.
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