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I am blind

Iby Laschandré Coetzee

We are all blind unless we are willing to see through another person’s eyes.

The exhibition I am blind., by the Blind Photography Project (BPP), aims to explore new ways of looking at the city, build bridges between the blind and sighted, and challenge common assumptions about blindness. This  exhibition showcases a selection of photographs taken during participatory photowalks done in Vienna (2015), Caracas (2016), and Windhoek (2018 and 2019). All photographs are taken by blind photographers and remain unedited.

By using photography as a tool, in the photo walks and now in this exhibition, the project opens up communication between the sighted and blind. The photographic works by the visually impaired in Vienna, Caracas and Windhoek, are presented together with the stories behind these photos, which are written in braille. The photo without the story is not enough, and in the same way the story without the photo cannot be understood. Therefore to gain real understanding, an exchange between the visitors must take place.

The space that the exhibition and the project thus aims to create is one in which the image of blindness falls to the background, and a two-way street of engagement is created by sharing our unique perspectives.“I like creating things within the minds of people which seem to be impossible in their idea of the world. And I’m sure that for many, being blind and taking pictures is one of those things. Some might just shake their heads in wonder, but for others, it might even open new perspectives about the great diversity of the world,”. (Project participant)

All photographs and interactions in the exhibition are informed by the blind participants and collaborators of the project. We look forward to welcoming you all!

Credits

Project and exhibition concept by Alejandra Loreto and Laschandré Coetzee of the Blind Photography Project

Photographs by Angela Engel (VIE), Mathias Schmuckerschlag (VIE), Diego Frontado (CAR), Victor Mendiola (CAR), Ydakzue Perdomo (CAR), Ananias Shikongo (WHK), Leticia Bower (WHK) and Susan Mundjebela (WHK)Funding project partners in Namibia: National Arts Council Namibia, Goethe-Institut Namibia and Turipamwe Design

Photo:Ananias Shikongo
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Shona Ngava is a music journalist, educator, and blogger who aims to share more insight on how music impacts the average listener. He has worked previously for the Namibian Sun as a journalist and has done countless reviews of many albums and singles focusing specifically on the Namibian music scene. He is the host of the only show on radio that is dedicated to album reviews and music critiquing in Namibia. He works at the community radio station of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) called NUST FM. He is currently the Programming and Music Director the radio station and is responsible finding the right music for the station and audio and radio production at NUST FM. Shona Ngava has 5 years experience within the print and broadcasting industries and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications Technology. He is passionate about the entertainment industry and elevating and taking it to better heights. He believes in equal treatment of artists and making sure their stories are told all the time every time hence he is a contributor for unwrap.online. Besides Journalism, Shona Ngava's other interests lie in artist management, social media marketing and talent management and brand management.

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