Inclusive Lab is a program designed to develop an artistic tool for the development, training and communication of people who have any visual impairment and non-visual impairment. By creating pictures in pairs with sighted photographers, project participants learn to use non-visual media to understand visual language, and teach others to understand the specifics of their own perception.
The idea behind the creation of the laboratory was born after attending the exhibition “The City that Cannot See” (curated by: Magdalena Schubelska, Rafal Lis, Labyrinth Gallery, 2018), where, among other objects created by the blind, photographs were shown. We noticed that printing on flat paper does not allow the blind to see the results of their work. This was the impetus for discussion, and later exploration of additional ways to experience the visual experience of photography. So, the method, which is simple in its principle and accessibility, implies that when transformed with blind photographers and photographers, we transform the images into tactile images, together exploring and analyzing them to develop photo opportunities.
The course consists of five lessons, each lesson has a theme, such as portrait, landscape, street photography. During each session we also get acquainted with the basics of composition, perspectives, examine examples of well-known photographs, discuss the metaphor of works and different approaches to photography. We start each session with exercises aimed at improving tactile image perception.
When collaborating on a collaborative art project, blind people discover a variety of possibilities for using photography: not only for technically correct fixation of reality, but also for subjective self-expression. By attracting visual media to an author’s creative project, visually impaired people have the opportunity to share with their large audience the features of their perception and reflection of everyday life, to make visible those important moments of daily life, to which sighted people are often not sensitive. The technique is designed for cultural animators, teachers, artists, photographers, photographers, and anyone interested in exploring the inclusive potential of visual culture.
The project was implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund.
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