I’ll be participating in a conversation about art, activism, collaboration and the digital landscape as part of the Magnum Foundation’s Photography Expanded series, moderated by Wendy Levy, Director, New Arts Axis. My fellow panelists are stellar: Pamela Yates, Hank Willis Thomas, Michael Premo and Josyln Barnes. See their bios below.
June 20, 2014
Location: Paley Center, 25 West 52 street, NYC
Time: 7 – 9 pm
More about the event here:
Documentary filmmakers and photographers who do human rights and crisis work have experienced drastic shifts in a web 3.0 world, which have dramatically enhanced the potential for audience cultivation and community building in the digital terrain. As a demanding digitally-fluent audience increasingly expects connection, transparency, and the opportunity to take action on crises or human rights issues, how should filmmakers and photographers – and in fact any artist — recalibrate their practice to empower and activate communities through their visual storytelling? In this interdisciplinary panel, we bring together photographers, filmmakers and cultural workers to investigate the newest intersections of art and activism.
Photography, Expanded is an initiative designed to inspire documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image and catalyze collaboration across disciplines. The program is produced by Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, New Arts Axis, Aperture Foundation, and Parsons The New School for Design. The 2014 program features a series of labs, panel discussions, and symposium.
Photography, Expanded is supported by the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, the Ford Foundation JustFilms, and Compton Foundation.
About the Panelists
Joslyn Barnes is a writer and producer. Among the award-winning films Barnes has been involved with producing since co-founding Louverture Films with actor Danny Glover are: Bamako, Trouble The Water, Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, The House I Live In, Concerning Violence, and the forthcoming Narrow Frame of Midnight. She associate produced Elia Suleiman’s The Time That Remains, and the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She is currently producing This Changes Everything for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, and Shadow World for Johan Grimonprez.
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His documentary entitled, Am I Going Too Fast is a winner of the first Sundance/Gates Foundation Short Film Challenge and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He is also the Co-Creator of Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project and recipient of a New Media Fellowship and New Media Fund grant from the Tribeca Film Institute. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. His work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. He has exhibited at the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, and the High Museum of Art, among others. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.
Pamela Yates is an American documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in the Appalachian coal-mining region of Pennsylvania but ran away at the age of 16 to live New York City. Yates is a co-founder of Skylight Pictures (with Peter Kinoy), a company dedicated to creating films and digital media tools that advance awareness of human rights and the quest for justice by implementing multi-year outreach campaigns designed to engage, educate and activate social change. Four of Yates’ films as a Director – When the Mountains Tremble; Poverty Outlaw; Takeover, and The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court — were nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and When the Mountains Tremble won the Special Jury Award in 1984. Her film, State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism, has been translated into 47 languages and broadcast in 154 countries. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of her 2011 film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator. She also directed the development of Granito: Every Memory Matters, a transmedia project using mobile applications to restore the collective memory of the Guatemalan genocide. Yates’ most recent feature documentary Disruption premiered at the Cartagena International Film Festival in March 2014.
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, author and educator, whose photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 international venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, and Dublin Contemporary. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, (NYFA), the Open Society Foundation, World Press Photo and Hasselblad among others. She is the author of two monographs: Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, and Homeland, which examine the aftermath of war and the militarization of American life. Her photographic series Marine Wedding was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2010, and is considered an iconic work on the Iraq war. She is an associate professor at Columbia University and is a member of the Amsterdam based NOOR photo collective. She lives in her hometown of New York City.
Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and documentary storyteller. He has created, produced and presented original works of art and media with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Foundry Theater, The Civilians, Penny Arcade, Company One, EarSay, Inc., and the Peabody Award winning StoryCorps. He’s a co-creator and Executive Producer of Sandy Storyline (www.sandystoryline.com), a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our neighborhoods, our communities and our lives. The project won the inaugural Transmedia Award from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. He co-created and collaborates on the multimedia storytelling project Housing is a Human Right (www.housingisahumanright.org), a project connecting diverse communities around housing, land, and the dignity of a place to call home. Stories are shared across multiple platforms including radio, internet and interactive installations in unconventional places.His radio documentaries have been broadcast internationally and his photography has appeared in numerous outlets including Left Turn, The Village Voice, The New York Times, Narrative,ly, and Het Parool (Holland).He is on the Board of Trustees of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Fellowships include: NYSCA Individual Artists Award, and the Inaugural 2013 Blade of Grass Fellowship.