Herstory has been running its first educational component over the last few months. I've been working with students from Karanga Mai Young Parents College in Kaiapoi, and it's been an absolute blast!
The aim was to get each student to think about what career they'd like to pursue, and then go and interview and photograph that woman in a 'herstory style', if you will. Most students already knew what job they wanted to do, so I paired them up with local women who are currently working in those jobs. Each women interviewed and photographed was also a teenage or young mother. The idea was for each student to meet someone who had once been in a similar position to what the students are in now, but with the ability to reflect on that time and therefore became a role model / mentor for the student.
The class learnt how to interview someone about their life story in a sensitive way. They also learnt how to take documentary portraits, and I was mightily impressed by the photos they took and the interviews they got. Each student also had to transcribe, edit, and sequence photos with text. These stories will be displayed in a gallery for two weeks, and will go on the website.
To celebrate the success of their work, we are having an exhibition opening! I've invited two local women who were both teenage parents to share their stories and wisdom, as well as a student who will deliver a speech about her life.
You are warmly invited to the opening of the Herstory Workshop Exhibition featuring documentary photography and text by Lucinda Baker, Courtney Watts and Brooke Gray.
In Situ Photo Project
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Friday 17th June
For two weeks, In Situ Photo Project will hold an exhibition of photographs resulting from the Herstory educational workshop run by Chrissy Irvine with young mothers from Karanga Mai Young Parents College. The students work will be accompanied by Chrissy Irvine's exhibition; a collection of local women’s stories. Using documentary photography and interviews, these stories are shared as alternative careers advice online and they also act as an archive of women’s voices.
The gallery is also open 10am-5pm, 7 days.
This exhibition has been kindly sponsored by Creative Communities Christchurch.