Refocusing The Lens – No to no

PHOTOVOICE is an engagement and empowerment strategy that uses photography as a tool for social change. It gives any group the opportunity to record, reflect on, and critique personal and community issues in a creative way.

The aim of this project is to motivate participants to be actively involved in decisions that affect their own lives, while decreasing stigma and broadening understanding of their personal struggles. The resulting exhibit, REFOCUSING THE LENS, features the work of five participants who have documented their personal experiences with mental health, eager to represent them to the outside world.

No to no, By Lau

Artist’s Statement

Life is filled with opportunities to say yes and to say no. The response you pick always has consequences, sometimes good and other times bad. These are my anxiety pills. I am anxious about many things and I have been saying no to the things, people, and situations that evoke that anxiety within me. This often leads to me staying still, to me getting nothing done. In order to start moving forward and accomplishing things, I think it is time to start saying No to No.

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