Jennings Family Brave Companions Winners
"The Jenning's scholarship allowed me to spend eight fabulous weeks in Buenos Aires. I took language classes, interned with the Argentine chapter of Transparency International, and lived with a wonderful family of porteños. Over a few extended weekends, I ventured to nearby Uruguay, the famous Iguazu Falls, and the Andes to the west, but most of my time was spent exploring the overwhelming metropolis. While living amid the political hub of Argentina and one of the cultural capitals of South America, I got to know the nocturnal, confrontational, vivacious Argentine way of life. Less than 30 years after a brutal military dictatorship forced the disappearance of 30,000 people, I am now studying how this fascinating population has rebounded from tragedy to demanding justice and recovering the identities of the disappeared."
"Hello! My name is Prisca Ohito and I was a Jennings Brave Companions Fund award recipient. With that award, I went to Salvador, Brazil. I had never been outside the US before, especially alone, and immediately faced many challenges. This was especially hard when I had to talk Portuguese. Yet, the experience continues to inspire me, even during my current Portuguese classes.
During that time in the northeast state of Bahia, I also began to work on my SURG project. Although this project has changed quite a bit, ultimately I see this artistic SURG project -- incorporating monoprinting, maps, and my memories -- as a way to process this incredible experience. Also, during those 5 weeks of travel, I volunteered to teach 8 Brazilian young men supplementary English lessons in Pelourinho. This experience certainly changed and sometimes reinforced ideas I had about national, gendered, and class-based divisions."
Photos by Kimby Josephson