Thomas and Ana Flávia in front of the library on the Federal University of Brasilia Campus Last month I went to Brazil to keynote the opening of the “Plural Knowledge: The Social Relevance of the Public University” Conference at the Federal University of Brasilia, as well as to conduct a two day Family Pictures Community […]
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Description: Vintage will screen as part of a new series coinciding with the reopening of the Museum of Modern Art. The series, Currents: Re-Viewing Cineprobe, 1968-2002 will run October 24-November 20 and is made up of 25 programs representing upwards of 60 filmmakers and artists. Vintage: Families of Value will run with Alan Berliner’s The Family Album as a program thinking about personal cinema & home movies as a significant area Cineprobe engaged over its three decades.
Thomas Allen Harris will keynote the upcoming Plural Knowledge: Value of the Public University seminar at the University of Brasilia. He will lead a multi-day Digital Diaspora Family Reunion with students, staff, and the community around their family photos culminating in an interactive exhibition around Afro- Brazilian identity.
This presentation will discuss the evolution of the artist’s work with the Family Photo Album as a central trope as well as a tool for community storytelling over the past 25+ years. The talk will examine the interplay between family narratives and cultural shifts within the interweaving of disparate family archives within his films and most recently in the new PBS series, FAMILY PICTURES USA. This talk will discuss the possibilities of new narratives emerging from reconstructing the family photographic album.
By Eric K. Washington James H. Williams, Otto Sarony Studio, ca. 1905. Courtesy Charles Ford Williams Family Archives “At the Grand Central station is a colored man who probably knows more people than any other Negro in New York,” a front page lede in the New York Age read in 1923. “He is Chief James H. Williams, head of the […]
An Interactive Celebration of Harlem Thomas Allen Harris with his work titled A Family Album at the Harlem Stage, on view at Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA. Photo by Natalie Conn Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA, a multimedia exhibition produced from an innovative in-gallery summer course led by artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in the Hunter East Harlem […]
Every year, thousands of media-makers, organizers, and agents for social change converge in Detroit for the Allied Media Conference (AMC): a 4-day, volunteer-coordinated conference that hosts hundreds of sessions focused on using media to build a more equitable, sustainable, and collaborative world. These sessions are far-reaching and innovative in their interpretation of media, ranging from food justice […]
Stories of Community Participants on stage at Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration in Durham, NC “I am a person driven by an individual’s story and the stories of community. I use it in my own work by always reminding myself that we all have our own stories that have shaped us.” – DDFR participant […]
“The Family Pictures kickoff activity was a fab ice breaker and I saw my fellow table mates and the people in the room with compassion, love, and humanity that we are all in this together.” Anonymous participant Thomas Allen Harris on Stage at Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South In February, I was invited […]
Below are student testimonies from Thomas’ two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album , at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program for the Masters in Fine Arts students. As I looked at the photos and interviewed my parents over my computer, I found myself trying to connect our experiences of this time of life, our midtwenties, and […]