Kansans will soon be able to experience Paraguay through the eyes of children, thanks to a joint effort of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in Paraguay and the Kansas Paraguay Partners. Peace Corps workers taught youngsters in rural Paraguay to use digital cameras, and then turned them loose for several days to capture images of their choice. The result is a realistic – and often exquisitely artistic – series of 60 winning prints that truly represent rural Paraguay as seen through the eyes of its future leaders.
The exhibit will tour Kansas throughout 2011 in observance of the 200th Anniversary of Paraguayan independence from Spain. The photographs will be on display during our annual meeting in the spring.
Ahecha Paraguay (Ahecha means, “I see” in the indigenous language of the Guaraní) is a participatory photography project designed to provide Paraguayan youth the opportunity to develop their creativity and self-confidence, as well as capture Paraguayan culture and life through the lens of a digital camera. Ahecha means, “I see” in the indigenous language of the Guaraní. The project provides a kit of digital cameras to Peace Corps Volunteers who administer photography workshops within their communities. The two month long workshop provides a minimum of 16 hours of hands-on camera work for each participant, along with a classroom review, and discussion of other peer and professional photographs. Volunteers teach the youth the basics of photography through pre-composed highly interactive workshops that promote discovery, creativity, and analysis. Ahecha Paraguay also includes photo exchanges between participating communities as a means of fostering understanding of other peoples and pride in one’s own work and community. Ahecha Paraguay culminates on an annual basis with national exhibitions of selected photographs from every community in the capital, Asunción.
If you would like to bring this exhibition to your community, please contact Graham Kreicker via email at firstname.lastname@example.org