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Seeing Through – Photographs taken by visually impaired people

28 Nov 2015
04 Apr 2016

NOV 28, 2015
APR 4, 2016

Ten students from the Photography Course for the Visually Impaired, conducted by the Center for Educational Action (NAE) of Pinacoteca de São Paulo, the art museum of the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture, as part of a project coordinated by João Kulcsár, will have their work exhibited at the museum starting November 28, in the show titled “Transver – fotografias feitas por pessoas com deficiência visual” [“Seeing Through – Photographs taken by visually impaired people”].

Ten works will be presented, one from each participant, who also acted in the process of selecting the photographs to be displayed. The course was held from August to October. It was divided into three modules that merged theoretical and practical lessons, and was taught by João Kulcsár, coordinator of the photography project for visually impaired people offered by Senac-SP, in partnership with the museum’s educational staff.

During this period, the participants were sensitized by the poetry of Manoel de Barros, by the work of contemporary photographers, visits to the Pinacoteca and vicinity, and the use of various multi-sensory materials of the Educational Program for Special Publics, under the Pinacoteca’s Center for Educational Action. The photographic results are surprising, since the participants – all with varying degrees of visual impairment – learned to deal with the equipment, develop the necessary basic skills, and perceive space based on the other senses.

Aside from the photos, visitors will have access to tactile boards, audio descriptions, and texts in Braille. A QR code will allow visitors to view the testimonials recorded by the show’s participating artists, making the exhibit accessible to a wide range of audiences.

The show will be officially opened at 11:00 am at Espaço NAE and will continue through April 4, 2016. Admission is open Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and visitors are allowed to remain until 6:00 pm. Tickets cost R$ 6 (full price) and R$ 3 (half-price for students, seniors, etc.). The Center for Educational Action (NAE) is sponsored by IBM, Grupo Segurador BB e Mapfre, Cielo, Even, and White Martins.