Online Book Talk: Borderlands, with Hannah Smith Allen

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Apr 19

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Russell Hall 101

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Hannah Smith Allen will share images and text from Borderlands, a limited edition accordion book from the VSW Press that documents her travels, both real and virtual, at the U.S. southern border.

Hannah will also share excerpts from “Photographer’s Field Notes: Imaging and the United States Southern Border,” an original essay that first appeared in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (Fall 2020).

Finally, she will discuss how at the border seeing is power and recording is control as she offers new ways of visioning this contentious landscape.

Hannah Smith Allen is a contemporary artist. She is the recipient of a 2007 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, a 2010 Artist Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a 2011 A.I.M. residency at the Bronx Museum of Art. She has participated in residencies at A.I.R Gallery and The Lower East Side Printshop, and her artwork has been exhibited at venues nationwide, such as Phoenix Art Museum, Wave Hill Cultural Center, and SF Camerawork. Her writings on contemporary photography have appeared in American Photo and Afterimage. Allen is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at Adelphi University and holds degrees in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. Her book Borderlands is available via the VSW Press.

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Poster Image: Book Cover for Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, Courtesy of Artist Ricardo Rodríguez

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.

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Poster: Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, Courtesy of Jenna Ventura, Adelphi University Class of 2021


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