New project empowers minority women to share stories through digital media
TAEC is busily preparing for the opening of a special temporary exhibit in our cafe that highlights a recent project we've been working on with PhotoForward empowering young ethnic minority women (many of whom sell in the night market) to share the stories of their communities. The second, and most recent, phase of this project develops more advanced photography skills of a small group of women from the first phase and introduces them to basic research techniques. The women have been exploring topics of their choosing, from shamanism and polygamy, to single parenthood and festival food preparation.
This is the continuation of the first phase of the project which finished in November, in which young women were given cameras, taught basic photography skills, and asked to document women at work in their communities. The results insightfully showed the strength of women in Lao society. To view their images, visit the online gallery.
This project is a part of TAEC’s ethnic youth internship program, developing ethnic community researchers to document their own cultures. We hope to expand this project into more remote areas of Laos and to develop a completely community-curated exhibition partnering with our community researchers.