Human Rights Cultures Workshop for Photographers and Writers

Kigali, 12-15 June 2019 (Wed-Sat)
Application deadline: 12 May 2019
How can photography and writing explore rights that are important to Rwandans today?
What are the creative ways in which artists can engage with everyday issues relating to
human rights through their work? And how can we imagine rights that are specifically
Rwandan: that extend and complicate international structures such as the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights?
This four-day workshop will bring together 6 photographers and 6 writers to consider what
we mean by human rights in Rwanda and how these can be explored through the Arts.
Taking place during the Kigali Photo Fest, the workshop forms a collaboration between the
Kigali Center for Photography and King’s College London.
We invite applications from artists making a living from their creative work. The workshop
will offer the chance to:
• Consider what we mean by human rights cultures
• Rethink the relevance of these rights for creative work in Rwanda
• Develop personal projects in relation to these ideas
• Gain specific technical and creative skills
o For photographers: how to develop a project from conceptualising, planning
shots, selecting images and captioning to applying for funding and pitching to
different platforms
o For writers: understanding what we mean by narrative non-fiction, planning
structure, characterisation, description, argumentation
• Receive feedback on your work from both peers and international facilitators
• Build artistic networks for future collaborations
Travel expenses will be covered and bursaries may be available if you are experiencing
financial hardship (for childcare, accommodation, missed employment).
The workshop will be facilitated by:
Author of short stories including Treadmill Love, Urban Zoning and Gorilla’s Apprentice, the
non-fiction novella The True Story of David Munyakei and screenplays for Soul Boy and
Nairobi Half Life (co-author) and upcoming story collection, The Cape Cod Bicycle War.
Billy is Managing Editor of East Africa’s leading literary journal, Kwani? and has edited 7
Kwani? journals.. An experienced creative writing facilitator, Billy has worked for years
between human rights and the cultural sector.
Ugandan-born, Kenya-based documentary and portrait photographer with an interest in
exploring the New African Identity on the continent. With degrees in sociology and
psychology, Sarah’s work explores social issues in Africa in a contemporary and nontraditional
way. Her photographs of people living with albinism and ballet dancing in the
Kibera area of Nairobi have generated dialogue through their visual poetry.
British photographer, anthropologist and curator working on multi-platform projects that
explore systems of belief and belonging around the world. She has produced numerous books
and exhibited internationally. Her photographs have been published in Time, Le Monde, The
Guardian, Financial Times and New Scientist. Liz is a trustee and curator at SIDE gallery in
Newcastle and an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham and University
College London.
This workshop is convened by Dr Zoe Norridge, academic, broadcaster, curator, facilitator
and translator at King’s College London, in collaboration with Jacques Nkinzingabo,
photographer, cultural activist and Director of the Kigali Center for Photography.
Please send us the following materials:
• Outline of project you want to work on during the workshop (max 300 words)
• Sample work
o PHOTOGRAPHERS: photo story of up to 10 images (or up to 10 single
images and stories) NB: we would like to see captions/stories to accompany
these images.
o WRITERS: writing sample of up to 5,000 words
• Bio explaining who you are and your experience (max 150 words)
Please send materials to: by Sunday 12 May 2019

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