posted by bishan samaddar
We have been talking about Neighbourhood Diaries for a while. It envisions to combine elements of Self-exploratory Creative Writing, Literacy through Photography and Citizen Journalism. However, we haven’t given much thought to what exactly the curriculum would look like. Here’s a skeleton of a curriculum that can be given some thought to, i suppose. Like Writing Out, this might also start with the exploration of the immediate self, and then slowly move centrifugally to larger themes. Each section should take up three to four weeks:
Self… Discussion: Exploring the self: how do others see us? How do we see ourselves? Talk about Identities. Activity/Writing Activity: Locating one object with which you identify, or something that symbolizes your self-perceived or self-defined identity. Photo Assignment: Self-portrait and Photo of the identity object. Self-inquiry; developing the spirit of questioning/interrogating self and beyond.
Home… Discussion: Home as a space which is a mixture of both desirable and undesirable elements. A part of your home you like, a part of your home you do not like that much (What memories are associated with these spaces? What issues come up?). A part of your home you like, a part of your home you do not like that much. Objective: Critical consciousness of personal space.
Neighbourhood (Place)…Discussion: Two specific places in the neighbourhood that has significance for you… description, daily activities, histories. Vignettes, focusing on details and based on observation and researched histories. Photo Assignment: Photographs of the places, from different angles/perspectives or at different times of the day, representing different aspects of the same physical spot. Developing research skills, consciousness of subaltern histories.
Neighbourhood (People)… Discussion: Looking at people as characters. Writing Activity: Select one person in the neighbourhood and make a Portrait Sketch, based on observation, interview, researched personal histories. Photo Assignment: Portraits + Photo series depicting the daily life of the subject. Researching Life Stories.