A few years back I was invited by a former student to accompany him on a visit to the city of Iasi (pronounced yash) to meet with the city council and local Roma communities. We discussed the possibility of working with Roma communities using video and photography. While I was there I led a one day workshop for the NGOs and city council staff to give them an opportunity to see how we work with visible voice.
Later I accompanied Mel Robinson and Gary Murray to film their journey to Craiova and Bucharest as they delivered shoeboxes collected from local schools in Cumbria and Essex as part of the 2010 Christmas shoebox appeal.
I also led an EU project working with partners in Armenia, Moldova, Romania and Sweden to develop post graduate course in public health and social work at local universities in each country.
Now, in 2017, I have been invited to return to Babes Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania to work with students and people form the Roma communities living on and around the Pata Rat waste disposal site on the fringes of the city. The project will make s of collaborative photography to explore everyday lives amongst the people living in these communities while at the same time providing training for students in the se of photography and photovoice’ techniques to research and work with different communities.
I will post updates on this site once the project gets underway in April, 2017.
Vincent O’Brien ©2016
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