Visual Arts as Methods of Research: Some Reflections from an Ethnography with HIV Positive Teenagers

Francesca Cancelliere

Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

Abstract

This article draws from fieldwork in an urban neighbourhood in Maputo among teenagers who, every day, face a complex and precarious landscape of living with the virus of HIV in zones of marginality and social exclusion. I discuss whether creative methodological tools can be helpful to medical anthropology researchers, in order to better understand youth’s experiences of illness, body and subjectivity. Looking for ‘child-centred’ research methods I reflect on issues related to representation, translation, and power when enabling young people’s perspectives through drawings and photography.

Keywords

Photo Voice; Body Mapping; HIV; Youth Studies; Research Ethics; Research Methodology; Mozambique

Author contact: f.cancelliere [at] hotmail.com

Citation: Cancelliere, F., 2019. “Visual Arts as Methods of Research: Some Reflections from an Ethnography with HIV Positive Teenagers”, Irish Journal of Anthropology, 22(1), 262-278.