Nkosi’s Haven/artsINSIDEOUT Photography Training Workshops at the Market Photo Workshop
Market Photo Workshop partnered with artsINSIDEOUT to conduct three-months of weekly workshops for the residents at Nkosi’s Haven. The workshops trained six Nkosi’s Haven teens in photography and visual literacy. Through the workshops, participants were trained to conceptualise and develop projects, stories and voice around their communities’ defining aspects.
The workshops developed activities around skills development, vocational training and empowering strategies to encourage a greater participation which will ensure that the participating youths critically engage with pertinent social issues through photography.
The resulting photographs reflect new and innovative ways of using photography as a tool for positive social change, creating bodies of work on social and community issues. The participating youths were encouraged to develop projects in a way that resonates with target audiences, encourages community engagement, and has a meaningful and lasting impact on the communities or issues addressed in the images.
Nkosi’s Haven, a recognized NGO in South Africa since its founding in 1999, offers holistic care and support for destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, their children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not), as well as to mothers and children who are victims of gender based violence (GBV). Nkosi’s Haven is named after Nkosi Johnson, the young AIDS activist who passed away on International Children’s Day on June 1st 2001. It continues his legacy by fighting HIV/AIDS stigma, and keeping families together in the face of HIV/AIDS and GBV.
The Market Photo Workshop
The Market Photo Workshop is a Johannesburg-based school of photography, gallery and resource centre for practicing photographers. Since its establishment in 1989, the school has played an integral role in the training and growth of photographers from South Africa and further afield, while promoting photography through exhibitions, public debates and collaborative projects, especially within marginalized communities. The Market Photo Workshop is a division of The Market Theatre Foundation. Market Photo Workshop is the recipient of The Principal Prince Claus Award 2018.
Founded in 2011, artsINSIDEOUT is a group of American and African artists who have been personally affected by HIV/AIDS, working in South Africa with mothers and children that have been hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. artsINSIDEOUT uses the arts as a tool to empower its students with creativity, knowledge and a strong sense of self-esteem.