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>> Encountering the Other:
Storytelling and Ethics with Manuel Francisco Sousa
Storytelling is an essential part of our daily lives. It drives and shapes our understanding of ourselves and of the lives and experiences of others. It can bridge the space between people and become constitutive of community. It is a mode of inquiry, creation, and representation of knowledge. Its practices help define dreams and ideals, record cultural and historical accounts, and justify political action.
The telling of stories of others, both in fiction and documentary, has deep ethical implications. They are representations of experiences and knowledge, and the meanings we bring to them can both marginalise or empower.
Manuel Francisco Sousa is a practitioner and

researcher in the areas of documentary and portraiture. He has a Master's degree in Design and Visual Culture from Escola Superior de Design, IADE Lisbon, and a second Master's degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Currently, he is a PhD research student at the University of the Arts London.

"In my documentary practice, I seek to foreground the question of who is empowered within the visible, how one is represented and the stake one has in voicing their representation, and the nature of testimony—in particular, through mutually shared and collaborative narratives. My research interests are focused on the ethics of the encounter with the other in a documentary. More specifically, on current trends and intersections with collaborative practices within contemporary documentary portraiture photography."
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