Transformation through visual art: a case study in an African village living with HIV/AIDS

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dc.contributor.author Adnams Jones, Sally
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-08T20:06:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-14T11:22:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-06-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7338
dc.description.abstract This research is an ethnographic case study that asks the questions “what is transformation?” and “how does art transform individuals and their communities?” The narrative describes key moments in the researcher’s journey to South Africa in search of answers to these questions. Findings describe the village of Hamburg’s developing art practice, and include the artists’ own voices and views on this topic. Hamburg is a Xhosa village in South Africa that has faced many challenges due to the spread of HIV/AIDS. One response to the impact of HIV/AIDS on family and economic structures has been the development of an extensive community-based art practice, including large communal tapestry work. To engage questions regarding how visual art transforms people, the researcher reviewed existing Western and Eastern literature on transformation, and compared this with the Southern ethnographic interviews conducted whilst living in the village of Hamburg, where she joined the women for two months as they made their art. The interviews, which were informed by feminist thinking and community based action research, are deeply moving, and form the data from which conclusions were drawn. It iii  was found that the gritty, embodied nature of this community’s experience with transformative art processes can perhaps stimulate more inquiry into transformative art practice within art education itself, that, to date, does not engage much with a deliberate practice for human transformation. Findings in this study can also broaden the existing, sometimes disembodied, academic understandings around transformation within educational, therapeutic and spiritual discourses, which, to date, include mostly linear, hierarchical models, as well as anecdotal descriptions from mostly White, male perspectives. As yet, there is not much inquiry outside of feminist discourse into women’s transformation, which tends to be more organic and community orientated. The researcher’s findings suggest that literature on transformation through art is needed within art education, which should include female, Black African experiences. The researcher’s conclusions are applied to classroom and studio practice, where she challenges educators, researchers and practitioners within art education to take the link between art and transformation much more seriously, as a powerful technology for growth, empowerment and resilience. Findings can also be applied to other disciplines such as feminism, art therapy, education, psychology and spirituality. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject action research en_US
dc.subject art education en_US
dc.subject art therapy en_US
dc.subject arts based research en_US
dc.subject africa en_US
dc.subject case study en_US
dc.subject community based research en_US
dc.subject community development en_US
dc.subject change en_US
dc.subject empowerment en_US
dc.subject ethnography en_US
dc.subject feminist methods en_US
dc.subject Hamburg en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Keiskamma Trust en_US
dc.subject narrative methods en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject tapestry en_US
dc.subject transformation en_US
dc.subject visual art en_US
dc.subject voice en_US
dc.subject Xhosa en_US
dc.title Transformation through visual art: a case study in an African village living with HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Emme, Michael J.
dc.degree.department Department of Curriculum and Instruction en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0273 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0357 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0621 en_US

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