Participatory Video Festival #1: Reflections

Participatory Video on the lives of homeless people in Belgium, screened at the Participatory Video Festival #1. Photo by Catia Rebelo. Although there is a growing interest in participatory visual methods, these are still far from being  ‘conventional’. This brings some challenges, especially to PhD students. Therefore, a group of PhD students from Ghent University, Belgium, decided to create a space for reflection and bring together academics and non-academics that are interested in participatory visual methods.  The first Participatory Video Festival took place in May 2018 and was held at De Koer, an arts hub reclaimed by the local community to support art related initiatives. The aim of the Festival was “to push the Participatory Video agenda”, a goal that I clearly support. Indeed, as I am using collaborative visual methods the Festival…

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