For Jason Ariefdien Riverlea became their refuge in time times of a crisis and displacement. A place that many consider to be hopeless, restored Jason’s personal security, self-sufficiency and dignity. The Re-Imagining Riverlea: A Participatory Arts Project reignited their passion for photography and videography and has given them voice to examine local needs and potential.
Jason’s work for the project focuses on the sad reality of being exposed to domestic and family violence. Their story is personal as they have lived the trauma of their mother being physically assaulted. Experiencing the physical and mental health traumatic experience, fear and anxiety of domestic and family violence led to Jason to work on a project to support women and children experiencing domestic violence. For them, the cycle of domestic violence ends now.