My Montreal, Our values

My Montreal, Our values

Taille : 1-3
Depuis : 2014
Statut : en cours
Duréé :
Territoire : Local

Écoute pour co-création

www.monmontrealnosvaleurs. com
Salima Punjani
Journalist - social artist
My Montreal, Our values


How would you describe your project to a six-year old child?

Listening to your neighbors, your friends, people around you and taking a glimpse into their everyday life.

What are you listening to?

12 people, 19-60, from all different backgrounds. I gave them disposable cameras during the time of the Charter of Values, asking them to show me their everyday life. I also did interviews with them, so that people could interpret their lives.


How do we develop the skills to cope with the answers we get when we awaken trauma, and shift from individual to collective learning?


We followed up the pictures with conversations among everyone who had participated, creating a safe, interfaith space. In this context, verbal communication was failing, so using visuals was useful.
People were hungry for meaning, and for a sense of togetherness.
I worked with interfaith groups, asked for help.

Fondements Théorique

Quelques influences:
– Vagina monologues
– Born into brothels
– Communications and political science at Carleton
– Concordia Journalism


Reza’s Organization (first afghan photo agency)
Wapikoni Mobile –
Exeko –

L’importance de l’écoute

Listening gives people opportunities to listen to others that are often misunderstood. It is reassuring to find the commonalities in the pictures. Co-creating with people is where storytelling has its powers. Interlocutors are empowered. Society at large can better understand itself (media coverage was not playing its role).


It is not that the hopeless problems are goin away. I want people to find something to connect to and find the human behind the word immigrant, to alleviate isolation