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Title "This is my Face": Audio-visual practice as collaborative sense-making among men living with HIV in Chile
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Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher University of Manchester

The research project ´This is my Face: Audio-visual practice as collaborative sense-making among men living with HIV in Chile´ is an interdisciplinary project that explores ´collaborative mise en-scène´ as a method to further understand the sense-making processes around the biographical disruption caused by HIV. It combines Anthropology and Arts methods as part of the PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance, a practice-based program that fosters interdisciplinary approaches to the production of original knowledge, based on self-reflexive and critical research practices (The University of Manchester, 2018). Relying on the specific competences of photography and film and the co-creation of an ethnographic context based in hermeneutic reflexivity, the collaborators on the project created and explored representations of critical life events, in order to make sense of the disruption HIV brought to their lives. The collaborators were highly stigmatised individuals living with HIV, which hindered their possibilities for sharing narratives and for reflection, and as such, made it more difficult for them to come to terms with a diagnosis they described as a ´fracture´ in their lives. This project analyses the creative process of ´collaborative mise-en-scène´ as a way to provide further opportunities for reflexivity and sense making, a method that departs from their everyday face-to-face encounters as means of understanding what they are going through. Representations of life events emerged from our practice, as well as evocations, which provided a means by which to understand their experiences with HIV, and opened up ways to resignify their past experiences and projections of the future. Photography and film offered their specific expressive competences to the project, but also gave the possibility of making visible the collaborators´ experiences in order to promote a dialogue with others, moving beyond our creative encounters. Therefore, their evocations became ´statements´ of what it means to live with HIV in Chile, and at the same time, by taking part in its creation, it provided access to the particularities of the sense-making process in which those images were embedded. This collaborative creative process opened up ways to highlight the relevance for sense-making in face-to-face encounters, demonstrating that hermeneutic reflexivity as a practice-based form of mutual questioning can promote a critical engagement with life trajectories and with others beyond our practice.

Film "This is my face" (availble online on vimeo link. Included in the thesis)

Photo-book "This is my Face" Exhibition catalogue

Subjects/Keywords HIV; collaborative; sense Making; stigma; HIV stigma; life disruption; visual Anthropology; practice-based; documentary Film; photo; collaborative mise-en-scene; autobiography; ethnographic Film; collaborative Anthropology; collaborative ethnography; collaboration; reflexivity; hermeneutic reflexivity; reflexive Ethnography; Chile; self-reflexive; representation; visual methods; photography; ethnographic images; practice based; illness; chronic illness; co-creation; ethnographic context; collaborators; narratives; storytelling; face-to-face; disclosure; evocations; experiences; memory; imagination; public anthroplogy; medical anthropology; applied anthropology; interdisciplinary; ethics; strategies; tactics; suffering; pain; men; Lemebel; Puente Alto; anthropology,media and performance; participatory action research; post-dictatorship; antiretroviral therapy; homophobia; machismo; homosexuality; trauma; enstrangement; This is my face; Russian formalists; Photobook; Angelica Cabezas; Sarah Pink; Andrew irving; Johannes Sjoberg; Paul farmer; Alan Radley; Mattia fumanti; Martin Heidegger; Philippe Lejeune; Marc Auge; Cathy Caruth; Smith and Watson; Michel De Certeau; Bordwell and Thompson; Viktor Shklovsky; Jay Ruby; Edward Casey; Susan Sontag; Michael Bury; Orlando Fals-Borda; Erving Goffman; Susan Hogan; Luke Eric Lassiter; Henri Lefebvre; Maggie O'Neill; Mary Warnock
Contributors IRVING, ANDREW A; Sjoberg, Johannes; Irving, Andrew
Language en
Country of Publication uk
Format 203 page(s)
Record ID oai:escholar.manchester.ac.uk:uk-ac-man-scw-315600
Repository manchester
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-09-08

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