This exhibition bares the symptoms of inequality, and the resilience of the Govan community through a photographic journal. It takes a subjective view but not without the awareness of current action from local authority, housing organisations, religious organisations and the third sector within Govan in striving to provide equality for the existing Govan community.
The exhibition explores the social realities within a percentage of residents living in an area classified as deprived. Who are subjected to ongoing health, socio-economic, and environmental barriers within the Govan context. While, within this dispossessed context there is great resilience, strength and character from the Govan community on display. This too includes the engagement from local authority, housing organisations, religious organisations and the third sector within Govan.
The exhibition is a visual engagement tool and a vehicle to widen the dialogue around the ongoing health, socio-economic, environmental barriers and the symptoms they create for many individuals on a day to day basis. We also believe it to be a method for social change, and to offer a clearer and deeper understanding of the lived experience for a number of individuals experiencing poverty.
Photographs stop time, giving the viewer a moment to think, to react, to feel, to soak in the details of complicated situations. Photographs are tools of exploration, passports to inner sanctums, and instruments for change.
Another influence on the development of this photo exhibition is the increasing awareness of social inequality. In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Brazilian author and educator Paulo Freire endorsed the idea of anti-oppressive education with underprivileged people, and that raising awareness and consciousness can lead to social justice.
The photographic submissions are from three individuals, which are two local residents in Govan, James Holloway and Jean MacFarlane. And, a local resident from the Calton area of Glasgow, Frankie Frankgate. In collating the photographs there have been strict ethical considerations applied, and permission has been fully granted by all participants in the photographic journal.
The exhibition has so far been sponsored by: Govan Housing Association, Glasgow community planning partnership, Govan community project and Glasgow Life. Organisers welcome any further support and sponsorship before the intended event date.
Where and When
When: Monday, 3 December 2018 from 12:00-21:00 – Wednesday, 5 December 2018 from 12:00-21:00
Where: Free church Govan, 16 Holmfauldhead Place, Govan, Glasgow. G51 4PP.