Chain of Poverty: An Immersive Approach
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This research project, Chain of Poverty, is generated from the lived experience of three families in Bangladesh whose life chances are significantly reduced through the impoverishment they endure. The exegesis argues that a more considered and immersive approach to photojournalism and documentary practice needs to be taken when telling stories of impoverishment, especially of those in the Majority World. To do otherwise is to perpetuate stereotypes of the Majority World as victims worthy only of pity. Both the exegesis and the visual outcomes of my research (presented as a photobook) acknowledge and celebrate the reflexivity in the processes I have undertaken, which has attempted to narrow the gap between the researched and researcher. I argue that these processes are necessary to acknowledge the people who are vulnerable and in impoverishment as multidimensional humans beings (rather than victims) and generate compassion (rather than pity) for those who endure great deprivation. Therefore, this research offers a collaborative and immersive process that aims to contribute to the realm of documentary practice and to help people in the Minority World to understand people with mpoverishment beyond being merely a statistical cohort.
Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA)
Queensland College of Art
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