Seeing in Isolation is a creative collaboration with SVI, arts organisation Multistory and photographer Karren Visser. It shares stories from SVI members and aims to challenge people’s understanding of sight loss.
Created from July 2019 to August 2022, the final project resulted in a digital exhibition that features seven digital stories from SVI members. This includes photographs, animation and embedded audio-description narrated by the person telling their story. The exhibition also features portraits taken by Karren and stories from additional participants involved in the project.
SVI Development Worker, Sandra Troth said: “Seeing in Isolation was completed ‘against all odds’. Just as workshops were starting, we were plunged into lockdown and our initial plans were stopped in their tracks. However, we adapted the project by developing a new remote way of working together.”
We shared the work with local and international audiences through a series of events. The digital stories, along with photographs made by Karren Visser and stories from other participants involved in the project can be found on Multistory’s website.
If you would like more information about the process of making this project, read Multistory’s blog about the project.
About our creative partners
Karren Visser is a photographer who is constantly adapting her practice because of the possibility of her going blind due to degenerative myopia and glaucoma. She is interested in approaches to gathering stories so that individuals and communities are instrumental in this process and its outcome.
Multistory is a community arts organisation based in Sandwell since 2008 and the people and place shape our work. We build meaningful connections between local communities and artists to produce creative projects that tell stories of everyday life.
Thanks to our funders
Thanks to funders SCVO Vision fund, Sandwell Council, ACE without which this important work wouldn’t be possible.