RedLab is a photographic laboratory which aims to let to explore self-expression and self-narration to improve mental and emotional health in community who have suffered from traumas, as well as to promote an emotional health environment. 

Adolescent youth from Yezidi population have been often exposed to multiple traumas and, most often, they didn’t have the instruments to processing thoughts, feelings, or real plans for their own future after the displacement from Sinjar. By the time most children enter in the Internal Displaced Persons Camps, they have already been exposed to a wide range of painful and distressing experiences, many of which remain unknown and unreported during the permanence. 

These traumatic stressors include violence, poverty, homeless and the relative disorientation. Indeed, those may have both short-and long-term consequences for the child’s mental, physical, emotional health, and life trajectory. RedLab works for guarantee healthy instruments to respond to those needs.

Promoting a health environment is fundamental especially for people living in stressful conditions, and for whom have already suffered of trauma or are or have been in contact with traumatised persons. Group-based daily activity benefits for a health and emotional health environment.

RedLab is a community-based project where each activity is characterised to be group-based. The laboratory is founded on team building, creative comparison, self and creative expression and intercultural encounter. Activities are specifically planned through team-building and group empowering methods.

Working in group, and more than everything else sharing their personal thoughts, emotions and feelings with the group, develops and facilitates sociocultural perspectives on inclusion. Our laboratory is projected to create a safe environment. We are pursuing to be a safe space for everyone. 

The cornerstones of our Project are the promotion of human significance, dignity, individuality, and growth.

RedLab’s aim is to let people, many who many would not otherwise have access to creative laboratories, to enjoy the photographic and developing process, as it provides a window into individuals feelings and facilitate their healthy expression.

So far, photography can be use as an alternative manner of expression and communication, where traumas are mediated thorough visual arts and where feelings are reported in a healthier way which suits their own needs of expression. 

RedLab works with phototherapy themas, such as self-expression and self-narration and supports students and participants perception of self, reality and their creativity through artistic outcome and production. 

Regarding the well-being, photography could be seen as a therapeutic experience which may help trauma and stress. Auto-therapy can both work on prevention and to ensure a good quality of life. Because photography has unique aspects that allow it to work as a meant of self-expression, it can be used as a form of complementary and alternative auto-therapy.

Moreover, RedLab activities are designed to improve group membership, creative sharing and well-being. Being focussed on shared experiences, RedLab daily activities are planned to ease confrontation and group inclusion.

Finally, the goal of our laboratory is facilitating people who are living stressful situation a creative outlet, together with the expression of the self and personal meanings, as well as discovering and improving new skills.

the RedLab Team