Photojournalist Nana Kofi Acquah, visual artist Tracy Keza, and Indigenous leader Heather Dickson share their stories and discuss the role the arts can play in challenging social norms and creating employment opportunities for women. Moderated by musician and activist Maame Afon, this session is a celebration of the power of art to bring people together and reframe narratives not just about African women, but women around the world.
The poignant scenes depicting mass protests and violent attacks on demonstrators, which flooded newspapers, magazines, and television broadcasts in the 1960s, had a profound effect on United States policy. Today, photography and video remain dominant forms of media that artists employ to advance and support contemporary activism, including the Black Lives Matter movement and campus protests. Join local photographers and filmmakers Alex Defroand and Tracy Keza, with La Tanya S. Autry, the Marcia Brady Tucker Senior Fellow, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, as they discuss methods, modes of circulation, and the construction of photographic archives. The artists also reflect on how their work contributes to building a just society. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom.