Photographs of Unrest Reconsidered in Isolation & Future Imagination

Activist Patricia Kozitsky rallies at a pro-choice demonstration in Times Square, New York City, 1992. © Meg Handler

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. (ET)


[The discussion will also livestream on the Focus on the Story Facebook page]

Cost: Free

In isolation, collective action through body solidarity never looked so good. Intertwined bodies locked in resistance, fists raised, feet on the ground – these images push against our necessity of distancing as a means of mutual care. Pictures of protest serve as historical records that shape our memory of the political past and hold the potential to impact the policy of the present. What does it mean to look at these pictures in the shadow of our current reality? From the seminal show Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York 1980-2000 to the defiant viral anthem Un violador en tu camino / The Rapist Is You, created by Chilean feminist art collective Las Tesis, we will examine pictures made in protest and speak with photographers who document movements and revolutions. Panel created and moderated by Lesly Deschler Canossi, a photo educator and co-creator of Women Picturing Revolution. Panelists include Meg Handler, Editor at Large for Reading The Pictures, former editor of The Village Voice; Sheila Pree Bright, photographic artist and author of #1960Now: Photographs of Civil Rights Activist and Black Lives Matter Protest and photographer Wara Vargas Lara who has documented feminist focused protests in Santiago, Chile, La Paz, Bolivia, Washington D.C., USA. and is currently working on a project supported by National Geographic.

Attendees are encouraged to screen the streaming 18-minute documentary Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York 1980-2000 in advance of the event.

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