10-19 NOV 2023
15-28 JAN 2024

Deconstructing the Colonial Gaze Workshop



The images and stories we choose to produce and share influence how the public sees the world and shapes its understanding of it. And for decades our images and stories have been based on tired narratives that have perpetuated stereotypes about populations and places in the Global South. The Western perspective has dominated the narrative of the media, cultural production and the storytelling of NGOs. Reality, however, is always a choice, a decision, a point of view. And many actors (even beyond the Global South) are now calling for a new perspective.

In this workshop, we will analyse how we have been constructing our collective imagery and use clips from documentaries and photographs to explore the biases and stereotypes inherent in the Western perspective. We shall also equip ourselves with tools to develop a more critical view of the images we see. 

An initiative of the EnfocAH project run by Médecins Sans Frontières.

  • Tuesday 14 November, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Sala Raval CCCB
  • Free admission
  • Places are limited
  • No prior knowledge required
  • This workshop will be given in French and Catalan with simultaneous interpretation



Bernadette Vivuya
Bernadette Vivuya

Bernadette Vivuya (Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo) is a visual journalist and filmmaker. She works on issues related to human rights, the environment and the exploitation of raw materials, and is particularly interested in witnessing the resilience of the population in her country, which has been affected by multiple conflicts. Through her work, she highlights the energy of ordinary citizens in building a new Congo while denouncing the obstacles to development. Her purpose is to show this reality as perceived by the Congolese, according to their symbols, traditions and cultural references. She codirected documentary Stop Filming Us But Listen.

Albert Masias
Albert Masias

Albert Masias (Barcelona) is a photojournalist, visual storyteller, editor and educator. For several years, he has worked in the humanitarian sector alongside Médecine Sans Frontières, where he has served as a multimedia producer, coordinator of audiovisual communication and editor. Over the course of his career, he has worked in countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Burundi, Guinea and Ecuador. His work focuses on social issues and, above all, on documenting the forced displacement of populations. His keen interest in cultural diversity and urge to question the collective world of ideas built up around certain contexts bring ethical and representational aspects to the fore in his work.

In collaboration with
Médicos Sin Fronteras