Visual literacy project for learners at Oscar Mpetha High School

17 December 2008

Oscar Mpetha High School exhibit

Master's student at UCT's Centre for African Studies (CAS), Jennifer Hotsko, has applied her passions for photography and teaching in a visual literacy project for learners at Oscar Mpetha High School in Nyanga. Hotsko spent six weeks teaching 13 Grade-10 learners the craft of photography, then asked them to use their new skills to take photographs on a theme of their choice. Learners also kept journals in which they explained their photographs and why they had chosen them. Their work was put on display at the CAS Gallery on 1 December. "Learners chose themes which were concerns of their community, such as transport, work and pollution," explains Hotsko. "By photographing and writing on their perspectives of contemporary culture, learners are challenging historical representations of their environment." Hotsko plans to exhibit the photographs and journals in her home country, Panama, when she returns this month, and also hopes to exhibit the work in the US.

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