The PhotoVoice Lending Kit is a highly portable exhibit created through the mobilization of a photo exhibit titled, "PhotoVoice: 3/11 Disasters through Women's Lenses." The exhibit was originally hosted in the International Institute Gallery by the Center for Japanese Studies from March 8 to April 30, 2012. As part of a special anniversary event to examine the lasting damage brought about by the devastating earthquake in northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the exhibit aims to highlight the disaster's effects through the eyes of those locally affected.
"Through their own lenses, local women took photographs of their experiences of the Great East Japan earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. The PhotoVoice project, a participatory action research effort, is being conducted in collaboration with women’s non‐governmental organizations in northern Japan. Beyond unspeakable destruction and losses, their photos and voices, filled with affection for their land, ocean, people, and community, interrogate the disparate societal responses to the disaster and articulate visions for the future."
The PhotoVoice Lending Kit is available for loan and is also free to use. It is comprised of 29 photos with accompanying placards that convey the views and personal experiences of their respective photographers. The Center for Japanese Studies pays the one-way shipping cost to the requested address. The user agrees to pay a $100 damage/replacement deposit (refundable) prior to the loan and is responsible for return-shipping fees. Remit checks to "The University of Michigan." The standard lending period is 30 days (from postdate sent to postdate returned), but is negotiable. Reserve the kit by calling 734.764.6307, e-mailing Mike Chu at email@example.com, or by printing the reservation form and faxing it to 734.936.2948.