PEACEBUILDING & THERAPEUTIC

Photography can be used a tool for integration, as a way to express ourselves and reflect collectively about what affects us. Photography can bring us together to be stronger

— Aldair, Colombia

A camera can allow people who can not express their feelings verbally to do so creatively through an image. It can allow the inner and outer emotional and spiritual journey of an individual or of a group within a community.

When you explore your memories, your feelings, and emotions, or your local area through the lens of a camera, your eyes and mind magically open and discover what was hidden just inside you or in front of you. You can suddenly connect to your neighborhood, you observe it as an outsider while being an insider, you can witness the little changes that have taken place in your daily life.

In a post-conflict zone or displaced communities, people often focus their attention on what is not right, what has not changed, what had not improved, generating a culture of despair.

But if you start by noticing that now, children can play in the street safely or that you can speak to your neighbour without any fear, a sense of hope can grow again.

We have delivered projects with the Colombian diaspora in Europe (International Catalan Institute of Peace and Mujer Diaspora) and in Northern Ireland with Beyond Skin and we are open to new ideas and areas of work.

Imagine Peace Exhibition in Belfast - Ingrid Guyon & Antonio Amador

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TEJIENDO VIDAS

Check our recent online project working with a therapist, the body, and photography to transform stories of war into stories of hope and resilience with Colombians victims of the armed conflict living in Catalonia, Spain. An inspiring project funded by Unidad de Victimas de Colombia and organized by the Colombian Consulate in Barcelona, that has left footprints in all our hearts.

Being photographed gave me a platform to share internal feelings that I previously felt were unimportant. It began a process of self-analysis within me that continues to this day.

— Camila

Cameras can be used in my community to bring two groups who refuse to be in the same room together to discuss and explore their issues through a camera or to communicate from a distance until they are ready to meet and sit down in the same room.