Side by Side Project Galleries feature works made in collaborative art and ethnography projects around the world. These are projects that work with individuals and communities to tell stories – of their lives, places, histories and cultures – using creative tools, such as photography, film, creative writing, visual arts…
The aim of this gallery is to showcase works to a wider audience, to support artists and practitioners to share their practices, and to inspire ongoing collaborative and creative practice locally and internationally
The gallery feature creative works, as well as some documentary material about the projects. Over time you will be able to find more information on projects featured in the gallery on the Side by Side blog, including interviews, discussion and links to additional material about these, and other, projects.
Why establish this gallery?
The idea for an online gallery grew from Maya’s research into practices of collaborative ethnography using creative arts, and her experience as a facilitator of collaborative digital media projects in the Kimberley (Western Australia). Working in remote Australia posed many challenges, including being isolated from other people doing similar work, and finding ways to get an audience for works created beyond the Kimberley with the resources available. Usually the priority during a project is running an effective project and engaging people at a local level as makers and as audience. Reflection on practice, networking and sharing the work with a broader audience take a back seat. In talking with practitioners, and other people involved in community projects using digital media and creative methods to tell community stories, Maya is often asked for examples of works made in similar projects from different parts of the world, and information about how people are working. The Side by Side Gallery is one way to share this information.
This gallery aims to make a small contribution to showcasing the diverse and interesting works made in collaborative art and ethnographic projects around the world. Together the Side by Side gallery and blog hope to support networking, collaboration and dialogue between projects, participants and facilitators of collaborative art and ethnography working around the world.
If you want to exhibit work in the gallery, become a contributor to the blog or find out more about Maya’s research, email maya.