Photographic Workshops for People with Down Syndrome
Communication in all of its forms is essential in enabling anybody to exert their citizenship. The democratisation of access to a variety of forms of communication is one of the founding pillars of the Imagens do Povo programme, created by Observatório de Favelas. The Photographic Workshops for People with Down Syndrome broaden the public served by the programme, presenting a photographic language to young people and adults with Down syndrome. The workshops are the fruit of a partnership between Observatório de Favelas with Movimento Down and Ateliê Espaço Terapêutico along with sponsorship from Correios (the Brazilian postal service), and aims to offer students their first contacts with photography, arousing interest in the art and stimulating the development of these young people and adults.
Lasting ten months, the workshops are based on practical exercises and the experimental elaboration of images, aligning photographic technique with social issues related to people with intellectual deficiency and people with Down syndrome.
The workshops take place at Observatório de Favelas in Maré, Rio de Janeiro. They are coordinated by the renowned documentary photographer João Roberto Ripper, the founder of Imagens do Povo, and classes are taught by Elisângela Leite and AF Rodrigues, photographers of the programme and graduates of the Escola de Fotógrafos Populares (School of Popular Photographers). All the classes are accompanied by specialised therapists from Ateliê Espaço Terapêutico.