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Janneth Gil

Photographer/Engineer, Self-employed in Christchurch

Janneth Gil is a Colombian-born, New Zealander. She started drawing and painting at a young age however, the social instability, poverty and cultural beliefs of her birth country led her to follow an Electrical Engineering and Project Management career. She now has the opportunity to completely dedicate her life to what she is most passionate about, art through the eye of a lens. She is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts, majoring in Photography at the University of Canterbury.

She truly believes in helping others with her skills and uses her photography as a tool for social change to empower, teach, or simply help people to better understand others. Through her photography, Janneth depicts people and their interactions with others and their environment, exploring cultures, societal norms and the conflict between perceptions, emotions and reality.
Her own social photography-based projects include Our Voices depicting the life stories of a group of people living with disability in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, and Void. Void is largely drawn from Janneth’s autobiographical narratives exploring themes and ideas about identity construction and transculturalism in the context of immigration. More of her work can be found at

In this PechaKucha Janneth shares how she has used photography as a tool for social change. She encourages exchanging our hidden stories with the hope we would recognise similarities with the “other” therefore, contributing to create a more accepting, tolerant and inclusive society despite our differences.

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@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Bob Sutton strums a guitar, retelling the story of a boy who finds salvation in Coalfield, Tennessee. This childhood story is told with photography by James Newby playing in the background.

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Telling the Story of 30 million People in a Sinking Country

@ VOL 26 ON MAR 02, 2016

Journalist come entrepreneur and long time climate change advocate Adrien Taylor tells the story of how he took a leap of faith that led him to Bangladesh with a climate scientist and a few amateur documentary makers, to film a country that bears the highest burden of displacement due to climate change. The documentary 30 Million is out later this year.

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Shoes Tell a Story

@ VOL 25 ON OCT 20, 2016

Shoes tell stories about social change and the path one chooses in life. Dr. Michal Marion, Jr. is a shoe-aholic who perceives shoes as a symbol which can tell a lot about people and their life experiences. Changing shoe styles are a reflection of social change. 

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How to capture a multiple story in a photo

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can the relation that a person has with a book, and a city be captured in a photo? This was the challenge in the photography project that photographer Brian Megens had; creating 20 different portraits of professors, students, staff, and alumni. In his PechaKucha presentation, he tells about the process of including multiple layers of stories in each photo.

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The Craft of Story Telling

@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2018

Sally Janover has documented much of her life through the lens of a camera, pages of a script as well as the spoken word. She believes that story telling is not generally told in pictures, but well told, can create lasting images in the listener's imagination.

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Using Art And Creativity To Effect Social Change

@ VOL 2 ON DEC 14, 2018

Make-up artist, fashion model, and budding visual artist, Angelica Alleyne shares her story of using visual art to effect change in Trinidad and Tobago. 

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From Hastings With Love, Portraiture as a process of self-discovery, creating identities and telling our stories

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 18, 2019

Rossana Leal is the Director of the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddying Project and WOMA Women of The Year 2019. She explores the role of portraiture and photography in creating our own stories, remembering the people we encountered and the places that saw us grow and evolve. 

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Lucky #77

@ VOL 27 ON MAR 15, 2019

Pipi Deer is an artist that has a compiled photography spaning 22 years. She draws most of her work from this collection describing it as "visual poetry, the images tell a story that are both deeply personal and universal"

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Climate Change and Social Change

@ VOL 17 ON MAY 10, 2019

Samuel Gutierrez addresses the complexities of the relationship between climate change and social justice.