Visual art and multimedia
Photography, film, and multimedia are the media that are especially close to the young. Children and young people manipulate them skilfully and with their help they observe the world more closely or immerse themselves in entirely new worlds. They are useful for expressing their own feelings and recognizing the feelings of others, the reflections on what has been experienced, seen, heard, and for telling stories. As John Berger writes in his opening thoughts to the classical work Ways of Seeing: “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak”.
Dealing with this area helps to develop critical thinking, aesthetic sense and creative abilities. Through the use of techniques that are common in phototherapy, children and adults will be provided with tools for better awareness of oneself and their loved ones, and consequently with appropriate stimuli for the development of a narrative identity. We will implement “the pedagogy of watching – to be ready to see things, even if wrapped into a secret, before we can verbalise them and give them meaning” (Alain Bergala) – and the pedagogy of telling and listening to stories expressed in visual images.