Youth participants will engage with the history of the past to create a history of their future by reimagining their identity and presence in society. We will explore alternative documentary methods and archival practices to include narratives often erased from these records. Youth will work in pairs to discuss the meaning and importance of self-preservation as a radical tool to reimagine and manifest the stories they desire to leave behind. Engaging in both spiritual and critical dialogue of the past, present, and future, youth will produce portraits using prisms and instant photography to create an alternative narrative and image. These photographs will be used to build a tangible archive and a digital archive on Instagram.
This workshop is best suited for participants ages 16 to 24 and will take place at 4339 Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90008. Please RSVP to reserve a spot here.
This program is organized on the occasion of Time is Running Out of Time: Experimental Film and Video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today, which is on view at Art + Practice through September 14, 2019, and is presented in conjunction with Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 on view at The Broad through September 1, 2019.
Time is Running Out of Time is presented by Art + Practice in collaboration with The Broad, and is curated by The Broad’s Jheanelle Brown, Programs Manager, and Sarah Loyer, Associate Curator and Exhibitions Manager.
Sophia Nahli Allison is an experimental documentary filmmaker, photographer, and dreamer born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She disrupts conventional documentary methods by reimagining the archives and excavating hidden truths. She conjures ancestral memories to explore the intersection of fiction and non-fiction storytelling.
Her short experimental documentary A Love Song For Latasha, about the life of Latasha Harlins, world premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, with several more festival screenings to continue this year.
Sophia was a 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow and a recipient of a 2018 Glassbreaker Films Catalyst Grant. She was a 2018 artist-in-residence at The Center for Photography at Woodstock and a 2019 3Arts Residency Fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Sophia was named the 2017 Student Video Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer Association and was a participant of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, and the 2nd Annual New York Times Lens Blog Portfolio Review. As an educator, she’s taught photo and video to youth in Chicago and Los Angeles and is a grateful recipient of a 2014 Chicago 3Arts Award, a $25,000 grant for her work as a teaching artist.
She currently resides in the South exploring ideas of conjuring + dreaming and turns to the brilliance of the universe and nature to imagine endless possibilities.
Sophia received her Master’s in Visual Communication from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park Fellow and holds a BA in Photojournalism from Columbia College Chicago.