"Shared Visions, Shared Voices" Exhibit

April 23, 2012 (All day) - May 6, 2012 (All day)

This exhibition is the final product of Professor Keller's RCAH 292B: Engagement & Reflection through Photovoice and will be displayed in the LookOut! Gallery through May 6, 2012.

This class allowed for creative collaboration between RCAH students and members of Michigan State Housing and Food Services staff. Over the course of the semester, participants were able to build a sense of community, trust, and friendship during our weekly meetings and group photo shoots. 

Photovoice often seeks to provide members of a socially marginalized group the opportunity to use photography to share their perspectives on a specific social issue in order to affect positive social change. This project differed from the model by bringing together two unique yet interdependent groups—student participants, who also served as project facilitators, and volunteer MSU staff members—to generate dialogue and develop a sense of communal engagement that did not previously exist. Instead of focusing on the differences between each group, participants sought out commonalities and engaged in discussions about particular issues and values that we hold dear.

The class was divided into two smaller groups: one of which focused on representations of identity, while the other centered on depictions of “Sacred Spaces.” The exhibition includes work from both groups and photographs that were taken by male and female participants who represent a wide range of ages and life experiences.