Seeing in Isolation - challenging traditional ways of seeing

Multistory is collaborating with photographer Karren Visser and Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) members on a project called ‘Seeing in Isolation’ which aims to challenge traditional ways of seeing


From website: The research and development phase started in July 2019, with Karren collaborating with Sandwell College students, with the support of SVI members. The next phase was to be creative workshops with community groups, to be led by Karren and visually impaired creative practitioners but we were then plunged into lockdown and the project, in its current form, was put on hold.

How best could we adapt the project in order to support both Karren and the community groups we were working with, without running face-to-face workshops and meetings?

One of our key aims was to stay connected to members of SVI and the local community so Karren produced a series of audio observations to share on social media and with Sandwell Talking News.

Themes included social distancing; the surprising positives of walking around in unusually quiet streets; and also some of the challenges that she faced with a visual impairment in a world where it’s hard to get an online shopping slot and touch is to be avoided.


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