Collaborative Visual Research Methods

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Using different audio and visual approaches in a qualitative inquiry enables us to engage with the people’s life in the process of creation. Utilising different media keeps research alive and people interested. Different art-informed approaches facilitate diverse sensory responses. Collage, for example, is a tacit way of expressing the lived experience. In a collage, it is fundamental to re‐see, re‐locate, and re‐connect things in a new way. A person creates a new platform and gives a new life to something that has already existed. Creating a storyboard and then actual recording of the story is another way of revisiting people’s everyday practices and sharing the narratives. These methods give precedence to shared visions between the people, the ethnographer, and the viewer. The dialogic approach in this sense is not only about sensory experience but also about its communicative dimension. This poster reflects the time spent together with the Karawari speaking Ambonwari people of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea, in 2011. It is composed of different drawings, photographs, and storyboards. [Presented at the PNG IMPACT conference in December 2017, University of Papua New Guinea.]