Prince Vincent building
Local photographer, Hans van der Veen, qualified as a clinical psychologist. He studied documentary photography at the well-known Market Photo Workshop under inter alia TJ Lemon and David Goldblatt while working in the Johannesburg prison. Inspired by Wendy Ewald, an American photographer who involved children from various international communities in the concept helping children to see and the use of the camera as a means of expression, Van der Veen presented workshops in “visual empowerment” in 2011 - in basic skills of photography linked to wider discussions. The participants are people at present making a living at the municipal dump in Oudtshoorn. Each received a disposable camera and with the photos taken, an exhibition was put together for the festival. The operations team of Absa KKNK has taken the connection with the project a step further. They started a project where all rubbish generated during the festival was sorted by the group at the municipal dump. This project is presented in conjunction with the Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality and the Oudtshoorn recycling depot.
Supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports of the PGWC.