Worum geht es in dem Projekt?
HappYness is a goodwill project . This project will work primarily through the medium of photography. Child nuns living in a boarding school/nunnery will be guided to use cameras in order to document their worldview on a particular subject. The intention is to understand what happiness means for the participants. While the photographs will provide us with a rich resource for a multicultural dialogue on the notion of happiness in our lives, we will also produce postcards and calenders to support the nunnery.
Was sind die Ziele und wer ist die Zielgruppe?
The project is primarily for child nuns and the nunnery they
live in. However, it is also for those who are interested in Ladakh
through and an educational and cultural perspective.
The goal of this project is:
1. To educate the child nuns in photography as a mode of communication and self-expression.
2. To explore the meaning of happiness cross-culturally through the medium of photography.
3. To produce postcards and/ or calenders which the nunnery can sell to cover education-related expenses
4. To produce a photo album for each participant with their own work.
Warum sollte jemand dieses Projekt unterstützen?
Being photographed by tourists is becoming a common experience
for Ladakhis, especially children, monks and nuns.
For the first time the child nuns will be the one who explore and narrate the world around them directing the play and changing roles from a photographed subject to the photographer itself.
At the same time it opens up a multicultural space to inquire into the meaning of happiness in a global context which is increasingly dominated by consumer economy.
Lastly, the project contributes to educating the children in alternative forms of creative thinking and expression which is lacking in their current curriculum.
Was passiert mit dem Geld bei erfolgreicher Finanzierung?
The funds will be used to:
- cover costs for materials for the workshops
- cover costs for executing the workshop e.g. a short excursion to the main city so the child nuns can photograph the surroundings.
. cover processing costs for the artwork e.g. printing
- partially cover travelling expenses of the facilitator
Wer steht hinter dem Projekt?
The project is realised in collaboration with photographer Paola
Marcello, child researcher Tanu Biswas and a nunnery near
Paola received a master degree in Photojournalism in Milan (Italy) in 2006, and has been working as a freelance photographer in South Tirol reporting mostly social topics as “Immigration”, "Disability", "Dementia in age" and "Stories of old trader families" . She has lead several photography workshops for children and adolescents in the last years in Italy, India, Sri Lanka and Palestine.
Tanu received a foundational education in Philosophy from the University of Pune (India) and was further trained in Childhood Studies by the Center for Child Research in Trondheim (Norway). Since 2011 she has been dedicating part of her research to children in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic context in Ladakh. Tanu is currently junior researcher at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, Department of Education Science with the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
We choose not to disclose the identity of the nunnery on an internet platform in order to respect the anonymity of the child participants. If you would like information about the nunnery please contact us stating why you need information and how you intend to use it. We would be happy to hear from you.