Black Joy: A Photo Exhibition
On December 5, 2019 SNIWWOC will be launching a photo exhibit called Black Joy. The “Black Joy” exhibition will display positive imagery of Black youth, in contrast to the negative imagery portrayed by the media.
Black Joy is a hashtag and phrase that has gained increased social media significance over the past few years. As the phrase suggests, “black joy” is intended to put forward imagery of joyful black youth, and individuals in general.
The event takes place on December 5 at 6:30pm in the Greater Victoria Public Library.
Reproductive Justice: Raising Our Voices Through Photography
In the summer of 2014, SNIWWOC hosted a series of photo voice workshops that used photography as a means of creating narratives around reproductive health and justice. Topics included the limits of discourses around choice, bodily self-determination, and control over our body. These conversations were expressed creatively though photo narration by workshop participants. The photos created during the workshops were exhibited at Open Space Art Gallery.
The project was led by Tribesty Nguyen and Boma Brown, and sponsored by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).
Photo caption from one of the participant's:
These photos capture reproductive justice in a unique way. The beach rocks represent diversity and unity. The sea represent the openness in reproductive Justice. The beach and the logs all capture the beauty of reproductive Justice. The crew ship represents the fact that sometimes we have to look and find Reproductive Justice in our everyday interactions with others.
Voices: Exploring healthcare access through photography
Voices” is a photo exhibit which shares stories about the experiences of women of colour. The powerful photography fuels a dialogue on multiple subjects, with a focus on health and access to health care for women often marginalized by many intersecting factors, specifically race and gender.
The pictures from the project were showcased at Solstice Cafe on June 27 2015, and project brochures were distributed across the city. This project was possible thanks to funding from Department of Canadian Heritage.
Quadra Village: Behind The Lens
Less than a decade ago, Quadra Village was considered by many to be an unsafe part of Victoria. Over the past few years, residents of the neighborhood, including the Quadra Village Community Centre and the Hillside-Quadra Neighborhood Association, have worked hard to reclaim the neigborhood.
Presently, Quadra Village is home to a diverse group of indigenous peoples, immigrants and refugees due to its central location and being walking distance to the largest mosque, Sikh Temples, Fairway Market, a Halal butcher and many other multicultural businesses from China, Vietnam, Iran, and Jamaica. Unlike other neighborhoods in Victoria which have distinct neighborhood festivities, Quadra Village only has 1 which happens in May. This campaign was an opportunity for residents (including business owners) to celebrate their neighborhood and show us what it looks like through their lens.
This project was possible thanks to funding from Department of Canadian Heritage.