OXO Tower Exhibition Featuring PhotoVoice Images

Despite poverty rates falling and quality of life rising for many people around the world, it is often negative news stories that flood the headlines. The ODI ‘Development Progress’ project aimed to challenge this by exploring where, how and why progress is happening in the hope of learning more about the factors making a positive impact on people’s lives.

To do this it was imperative that those at the grassroots of development have the opportunity to represent themselves and join the discussion. PhotoVoice ran photography workshops in six countries to give community members the skills and equipment needed to share their experiences and perspectives.

PHASE Worldwide, a charity working in Nepal to empower isolated communities through health, education and livelihood opportunities worked with PhotoVoice to provide access to some of the communities that they support. The result is a collection of beautiful photographs that reflect on the improvements they have seen in maternal and child health.

The photographs are being exhibited at the OXO Tower as part of the PHASE Worldwide photography exhibition ‘Nepal: Resilience on the Roof of the World’.  Several photography portfolios are being exhibited including the work of Charlie Campbell, Jose Vegas and Aron Klein. The exhibition celebrates photography from Nepal and highlights the culture, hope and energy of the people they work with in isolated Nepalese villages.

"This is my brother’s son, born in the hospital. There they now have electricity and modern equipment. In the past, we didn’t have electricity and we used candles and oil lamps for light. Now we have electricity from Piluwa Khola and Hewa Khola hydroelectric power projects and the National Grid, and we have some lights at home, in the town and in the college." © Bodhu 2014 | PhotoVoice | ODI | Nepal

“This is my brother’s son, born in the hospital. There they now have electricity and modern equipment. In the past, we didn’t have electricity and we used candles and oil lamps for light. Now we have electricity from Piluwa Khola and Hewa Khola hydroelectric power projects and the National Grid, and we have some lights at home, in the town and in the college.”                                                     © Bodhu 2014 | PhotoVoice | ODI | ‘Development Progress’ | Nepal

Dates: 22 February 2017 – 26 February 2017

Opening Times: 11.00am – 8.00pm

Location: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

Website: www.oxotower.co.uk/events/phase-worldwide

Feature image: “Although she has a one-month-old child, this lady is out picking vegetables in the rain near her house. There is no one else at home to look after her child, so her baby is resting in the house and she stays close enough to hear if he cries. She does not have any other family members who could help her and her husband has to work and so cannot help with the household tasks.

When I had my own child, I had to do a lot of work for my family. I had a problem finding time to take rest, because I had to work in school as well as at home. From my own experience, I can say that women who have to go and work in the field a month or two after delivery can face problems because of the work and the harsh weather. These days, however, pregnant women are supported more by their family and given suitable foods. People are aware that women should visit the healthpost for their check-up.” © Pabitra B.K 2014 | PhotoVoice | ODI | ‘Development Progress’ | Nepal

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