What does the visual story look like when we apply what we have unlearned about traditional aesthetics to our photography and our films? How do we untangle the strings of colonization that control our framing and frame of mind? How do we use our work to re-vision problematic visual narratives and archive the voices of the people we collaborate with?
During this session, we will go beyond the “decolonize documentary” conversation, and highlight folx who are deviating from traditional frameworks in their practice. Featured speakers include Sophia Nahli Allison, who re-imagines the story of Latasha Harlins through an experimental documentary film; Xyza Cruz Bacani, who weaves her personal stories about her own migrant experience with her photography; Jalena Keane-Lee, who reclaims the Indigenous narrative through her recent film about Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists; and Naima Green, who re-imagined Catherine Opie's "Dyke Deck," for her own “Pur·suit Deck,” which features portraits of queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people.
Each speaker will present their work, then come together for a roundtable discussion, before we open it up to attendees for an interactive strategy session.
How do we reimagine, reclaim and reshape our authority in visual media?