I AM ME
I AM ME is a photovoice conducted in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in July 2015. The project consisted of a series of participatory photography workshops with female sex workers involved with the local branch of International Planned Parenthood (Perkumpulan Keluarga Berencana Indonesia) or PKBI. The project was conducted with eight participants and consisted of a series of three photovoice workshops.
The theme of the project, which focused on combating stigma associated with sex work, was self-identified by participants during a focus group discussion at the beginning of the first meeting. Over the course of the project, participants were supported in using photography as a form of creative self-representation, and as a tool to represent and communicate their experiences in sex work, alongside other important dimensions of their lives, dreams for the future etc.
Each participant selected two of their images to be included in a community photography exhibition and featured on this website. Images from the photography exhibition remained with PKBI for a second exhibition, before being returned to the women for use in their advocacy efforts.
Public exhibition of the photographs aims to counter stigma associated with sex work, promote community dialogue, and increase the visibility of these women as advocates in the community and agents of change.
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