Turning Point – Reclaiming Identity
Students of Turning Point’s Citizenship programme are challenging the stigma linked to addiction and homelessness by sharing their stories with a powerful photographic exhibition.
Inclusive Images ran an eight-week Community Voice photography project entitled ‘Reclaiming Identity’ as part of Turning Point’s Citizenship programme.
The aim of the project was to help dispel the negative labels and stigma that is too often associated with addiction and homelessness.
“The Reclaiming Identity workshops were an ideal way toincorporate a creative component into our ‘Connecting Citizens’ programme.”
Karen Black, Citizens Development Officer at Turning Point.
Topics discussed varied from ‘What is Identity,’ to ‘Community and Your Role In It’, and ‘What is Normal’.
Each week the students discussed aspects of reclaiming their identity they then interpreted this by taking photos inspired by our discussions.
At the end of the project the participants selected their favourite images adding captions taken from their weekly debates.
And the final result was a powerful photographic exhibition showcased at Turning Point’s Citizenship Graduation Ceremony.
“It was fun, it was relaxing, we had a laugh, but there was a serious side to the workshops. They got you looking within yourself, it got you thinking and it made you so proud at the end, at the graduation seeing all the pictures displayed it got you thinking about the photos again and what they represented.”