With this panel discussion, we aim to provide the audience with a better understanding of how and why the lack of diverse voices in the media leads to “outsiders” being tasked with documenting communities other than their own.
Diverse Voices in the Media
Featuring: Michael Wichita (Moderator), Myriam Abdelaziz, Rich Blint, Laurel Golio, Ruddy Roye
Sunday, September 25 | 1:00PM – 1:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)
With this panel discussion, we aim to provide the audience with a better understanding of how and why the lack of diverse voices in the media leads to “outsiders” being tasked with documenting communities other than their own. Should a particular person from a particular community always be tasked with documenting their community? Does that lead to better representation? Does it lead to typecasting? What happens when an outsider documents a minority community? How does that affect public perception? How does that affect that community’s self-perception? What happens if the media only presents a stereotypical or negative perspective about a particular community, gender, religion, sexuality, etcetera?
Myriam Abdelaziz is a French-American photographer born in Cairo, Egypt. Her career started in corporate marketing seven years before she decided to change gears and pursue a profession in photography, her lifetime passion. Abdelaziz graduated from the International Center of Photography in 2006 and has been based in New York City ever since. In 2011, she joined the female Middle Eastern photo collective, ‘RAWIYA’ (‘She who tells a story’). Abdelaziz’s work tells the stories of its participants. Her inquiry into the tales of people takes her around the globe searching for narratives that overcome physical and cultural barriers and often reveal what we have in common: glimpses of solitude, hope, insecurity, dignity.
Rich Blint is the 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence in the MFA Program in Performance + Performance Studies in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. He is co-editor (with Douglas Field) of a special issue of African American Review on James Baldwin (Winter 2013); contributing editor of The James Baldwin Review; and curator and co-curator, respectively, of the exhibitions The First Sweet Music (2014) and Bigger Than Shadows (2012, with Ian Cofre). Professor Blint is presently at work on his book project, Trembling on the Edge of Confession: James Baldwin and National Innocence in Modern American Culture. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at New York University, and has held faculty, research, and administrative appointments at Columbia University, Barnard College, Hunter College, and the Murphy Institute at the Graduate and University Center, CUNY.
Laurel Golio is a photographer and visual anthropologist. Her work revolves around the examination of community and its various subcultures, with a focus on using portraiture to investigate issues of self-presentation and identity. She is the cofounder of We Are the Youth, a photojournalism project that shares the stories of LGBTQ+ youth in the United States through portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voice.
Radcliffe (Ruddy) Roye is a Jamaican-born photographer living in Brooklyn. He has photographed Jamaican dancehall musicians and fans, Sapeurs of the Congo, Caribbean Carnival J’Ouvert, and recent political protests in Ferguson, New York and Dallas.
Roye has amassed more than 250,000 Instagram followers, and uploaded more than 4,000 posts. He is a leading figure on Instagram among documentary photographers showcasing an interest in their communities. He began his social media work with a series of haunting posts on the devastation that followed Hurricane Sandy. For Roye, social media is a powerful outlet to get his message out to a mass audience.