Photography exhibition highlights stories of young people in Peru

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Juany Murphy and photographers from Peru

A new exhibition of photographs taken by young people in Huanchaco, Northern Peru opens at Oxford Brookes this Friday (27 November).

Entitled ‘Nuestra Voz' (Our Voices), the exhibition depicts 16 photographs highlighting issues such as ending poverty, education, empowerment, climate change and peace and security.   

It is part of a project by Otra Cosa Network (OCN), a UK charity and international not-for-profit organisation based in Peru. The project aims to amplify the voices of marginalised youths and to empower them to share their photographic experiences. 

OCN was awarded funding by Bond, the international development network, to deliver the project. The young people involved came all came from difficult backgrounds, and were trained by social enterprise FairMail, which gives young people the opportunity to develop new skills and earn money through their work which can help pay for education.

Impressive encounters and scenes from a rubbish dump, sad realities and colourful photos are amongst those shared to record the feelings and voices of the young Peruvian photographers. We also wanted to show how development interventions are impacting on their lives

Juany Murphy, Associate Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University

Juany Murphy, is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes and also a Director of OCN, she said: “The Nuestra Voz exhibition aims to raise awareness of the UN's sustainable development goals, whilst also connecting members of the different communities in the UK with people living in Peru.” 

“I enjoyed some special moments with the nine photographers during this project over the summer; their task was to portray their world and their living conditions, displaying how they overcome everyday issues that we might describe as poverty. Impressive encounters and scenes from a rubbish dump, sad realities and colourful photos are amongst those shared to record the feelings and voices of the young Peruvian photographers. We also wanted to show how development interventions are impacting on their lives.”

A launch evening for the exhibition takes place this Friday at 5.00pm in the John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB) on the Headington Campus. Refreshments will be available for visitors and photographic prints will be on sale during the evening.

From then the exhibition will be on display in the JHBB Reception until Wednesday 2 December.

Following the exhibition’s tour of six UK universities this Autumn, the photographs will be available for other interested communities who wish to put on their own Nuestra Voz exhibition. 

Photo: Juany Murphy (central) with the young Peruvians involved in the project