'The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper' (WB Yeats): Enhancing resilience among deaf young people in South Africa through photography and filmmaking

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  • External authors:
  • C. Storbeck
  • R. Swannack
  • S. Wilson


This article concerns deaf children and young people living in South Africa who are South African Sign Language users and who participated in an interdisciplinary research project using the medium of teaching film and photography with the goal of enhancing resilience. Specifically, this paper explores three questions that emerged from the deaf young people’s experience and involvement with the project: (i) What is disclosed about deaf young people’s worldmaking through the filmic and photographic modality? (ii) What specific impacts do deaf young people’s ontologically visual habitations of the world have on the production of their film/photographic works? (iii) How does deaf young people’s visual, embodied praxis through film and photography enable resilience? The presentation of findings and related theoretical discussion is organised around three key themes: (i) ‘writing’ into reality through photographic practice, (ii) filmmaking as embodied emotional praxis and (iii) enhancing resilience through visual methodologies. The discussion is interspersed with examples of the young people’s own work.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-427
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Humanities
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2020

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