RedLab provides analogical photography workshops to support mental health in refugee camps in Iraq.
Promoting mental and emotional health with self-directed photography.
People who live in refugee camps nearly always face stressful conditions. Those, combined with individual experienced traumas, lead to an unhealthy environment. Hence, most internal displaces people go through uneasiness and discomfort. Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support Programs try to relieve their suffering.
RedLab uses self-directed photography as a means of expression for people who have suffered from traumas, for people who are living in unprivileged social contexts as refugees camps and for economically disadvantaged youths. For each laboratory, RedLab supplies a functioning darkroom, cameras, and monthly providing of photographic films and paper. Through self-directed photography, participants are actively involved in a process of reconstructing the meanings of their experiences through different and creative language. In this project, photography facilitates self-narration and self-expression, effectively supporting individual well-being. Besides, photographic techniques use camera as a medium to construct individual representations, and also self-representation.
RedLab benefits mental and emotional health and a more general well-being for people living in the stressful condition of a refugee camp.