In this post artist, photographer and founder of the Children of Vision project, Alina Kisina, write about her photographic practice with children and the online community founded and continues to support, for children and young people photographers.
At our closing event in January of this year, we invited Catherine Fehily from the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork City, Ireland to contribute her reflections on the Children’s Photography Archive which we were launching on the day. Catherine was known to us from her previous work as the co-founder of IRIS – International Centre for Women in Photography at Staffordshire University in the mid 1990s.
The IRIS project existed in order to recognise the valuable contribution made by women practitioners to the development of photographic theory and practice, through research into and promotion of the work of contemporary women photographers and writers in photography. Given Catherine’s background in making visible and celebrating the work of women photographers, and being aware of the nascent steps the Children’s Photography Archive was starting to take, it is unsurprising then that a very excited email landed in our inboxes this spring from Catherine putting us in contact with artist photographer Alina Kisina and introducing us specifically to her photographic project with children, Children of Vision. The guest post that follows is by Alina who writes about how Children of Vision came about and how it has developed.
This story began in 2003 when I volunteered for the Kiev Special School of Art for children with impaired vision and other disabilities. The kids at this school are dealing with significant challenges but in the 8 weeks we spent together I was blown away by their creativity, resilience and can-do attitude. Through creative subjects they discover their unique talents and even their life’s calling.