Arts-Based Research Reflections for maHpSA and MoVE

This series of blog entries under the Migration and Health Project South Africa (maHpSA) present reflections relevant to my participation within the MoVE project at the Africa Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) as an artist with a background in conducting research through artistic processes. These reflections draw from my involvement in a range of research projects that used art processes and products as part of the inquiry.

The maHp aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and well-being in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central.

These blog entries look at experiences and concepts that show a sensitivity to aspects of artistic research, arts-based research, participatory research, and arts-based education in their relationships to collaboration, social inquiry and engagement, as well as advocacy. This series of reflections looks at positionality and the politics of using artistic processes in participatory research projects. They are based on my participation in past and ongoing research projects, and linked in some way to my artistic research.

My ongoing artistic research project is titled Some Combinations. In this project I consider the intricate relationship people have with broader environments.