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CHILDREN’S RIGHTS EXHIBITION (article first published : 2004-06-1)

A profound and enlightening exhibition which explores the realities of children’s lives in South Africa using photographs – many taken by the children themselves – will be held at the Durban Art Gallery from June 10.

Children were given the opportunity to photograph their day-to-day life and then use the developed images as a focus for telling their stories. The photographs and accompanying narrative was gleaned from children across the country. It shows the wide variety of challenges facing children in this country and the realisation of their rights.

Featured are a family of six orphaned children living on their own (KZN); a San family (Northern Cape); a child survivor of sexual abuse (Gauteng); a family who cannot afford to send their children to school (North West) and many others. In many cases parents and caregivers have also been photographed and have narrated stories, the result is an accurate, candid and dignified portrayal of children in South Africa that encourages empathy with the viewer.

Entitled Children’s Visions & Voices: Rights & Realities in South Africa, this watershed exhibition is the embodiment of a vision of the Children’s Rights Centre, and facilitated and curated by dynamic visiting photographer and Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow, Alex Fattal.

The exhibition will be opened jointly by AIDS expert Prof Coovadia and celebrated storyteller Gcina Mhlope on June 10. Children’s Visions & Voices: Rights and Realities in South Africa runs at the Durban Art Gallery in Durban’s City Hall from June 10 until July 25. Entry is free and all are welcome.




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