• Youth, women and men of marginalized communities can be silenced by circumstance and society. Through exercises, supportive conversations and the lens of the camera, we are better able to see others, as well as ourselves.

     

    Accompagnateur Workshops support people as they come to terms with the past, embrace the present, and articulate a vision for the future.

     

    The workshops support individuals to find their voices and their footing to move forward.

     

    The workshops support disparate parties in their work to unpack decades of fear and bias through the simple acts of looking and listening.

    SASKIA KEELEY

     

    Gordon Parks called his camera a weapon.

    Mine is an olive branch.

  • Women’s Prison Association ADVOCATE

    WPA's “Advanced Class” supported ten formerly incarcerated women to build identity, self-awareness and communication skills to become advocates for criminal justice reform. The women imagine their biographies five years from today: the title, chapter headings, cover and author photo. They imagine their stories and develop the confidence and skills to step towards them.

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    Pairing individuals from the church and marginalized communities including Skid Row and those sent by the LA probation office, we bring cohesion to this group with little affiliation or connection to one another.

  • TESTIMONIALS

    Saskia was able to garner the trust and confidence needed to take the very intimate photos of people suffering from stigmatizing and disabling diseases, while also managing high-level relationships with Ministry of Health staff and village leaders.

     

    Ellen Agler, CEO

    The END Fund

    Saskia has been extremely patient and caring in working with people. Trust and dignity are always at the forefront of the way she interacts with her chosen tasks.

    Rana Dajani, PhD, Founder, Director, We Love Reading

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger

    Roots Co-Founder and Director of International Relations

    The participants in Saskia’s workshops found her to be a wonderful teacher, and under her tutelage gained important photographic skills. Most importantly, the cameras created a human bridge, breaking down barriers and fostering contact as women took portraits of each other necessitating human connection. She successfully took into account the extreme sensitivity of our endeavors and avoided the many minefields that litter the ground.

    Craig Taubman, Founder, Pico Union Project

    During our week with Saskia and 16 people from diverse cultures and faiths at the Pico Union Project, all of the planning and conversations could never have captured the essence of this truly wonderful artist, and the remarkable way she is able to bring out the humanity of others.

     

    Shuli, A Student from the Roots Workshop

    Dear Saskia,

     

    I wanted to share with you a meaningful moment I experienced last week, I hope I can express it in English.

     

    We were driving around Tekoa and were stuck behind a slow truck. A Palestinian truck that had a print of a bride: A Palestinian young woman with a big head scarf, of the same sort our friends in the workshop were wearing. I found myself staring at it (while driving slowly...) with a warm heart and a sense of intimacy. In that moment I realized how deep and basic it is what you gave us in your workshop: intimacy.

     

    We didn't talk about deep or highly important subject, but we looked closely at each other's faces, clothes, and bodies, we became aware of details. This is something I never had the chance to do, nor ever had a thought of the importance of doing it.

     

    Palestinian people are strangers, distant, unfamiliar to me. Even if I don't regard them as enemies anymore, they are still very far. Now I looked at this foreign woman on the picture and felt physically and emotionally close to her because of her big scarf and strong makeup. I subconsciously recognized these as familiar to me. It made me happy and raised my belief that step by step change can happen.

     

    Thank you!

     

    Shuli

    In Through the Lens of Humanity  Saskia describes the crucial work done on the ground by local peace organizations, the hardship experienced with the situation becoming more harrowing, the moments of inspiration as well as the ones when remaining hopeful is a challenge. She shares the stories of many of the individuals she interacted with. She describes the process of conducting photo workshops for women from different cultures. She illustrates the women working together, showing intimate connections and how the participants’ individuality shines through with their own style and narrative: a recognition of their uniqueness and worth.

     

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