Aftermath: What the Legacy of Inequality Looks Like

17 Jan 2017 2016 TALKS

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project presents a discussion between our video grantees about how they captured the lasting effects of watershed historical events in America.

Aftermath: What the Legacy of Inequality Looks Like

Featuring: Sara Terry (Moderator), Zack Canepari, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Yoruba Richen

Presented in partnership with

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project


Sunday, September 25 | 5:00PM – 5:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)


The Economic Hardship Reporting Project presents a discussion with four of our video grantees about the process of making visual works that address important American aftermath issues, including: the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; urban neglect; and the cultural conflict over abortion sparked by Roe v. Wade. These films invite fresh thinking about “aftermath” issues through storytelling that sets intimate personal stories against some of the most pressing social issues of our time, and of our history. Each piece builds on a strong visual aesthetic that helps carry and drive the narrative. We will discuss how these images and stories, when published in mainstream media outlets, add to a better understanding of the kinds of inequality that can arise in the aftermath of huge cultural and historical trends.


Sara-Terry-headshotSara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker best known for her work covering post-conflict stories. She is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Photography for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” Her first long-term post-conflict body of work, “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace,” led her to found The Aftermath Project in 2003 on the premise that “War is Only Half the Story.” An accomplished speaker on aftermath and visual literacy issues, her many lectures include a 2013 TedX talk and appearances at The Annenberg Space for Photography. FILM: That’s How We Roll In a prequel to feature length documentary That’s How We Roll, EHRP is supporting an upcoming short film that looks at mobile home parks and the affordable housing crisis.


Zackary-Canepari-headshotZack Canepari is an American documentary photographer and filmmaker. He, along with filmmaker Drea Cooper, have produced numerous short documentaries for the web and a feature documentary, T-Rex, about female boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, which premiered at SXSW in March 2015 and was featured on PBS before the 2016 Olympics. Canepari is a member of Panos Pictures in London. FILM: Briana/Flint is a Place As part of Flint is a Place (see container exhibition), EHRP supported an episode about Briana Shields, the sister of Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields. Hailing from Flint, Mich., nineteen-year-old Briana has lived much of her life in her sister Claressa’s shadow. Briana’s life hasn’t been easy. But even though she’s not a boxer like her sister, she’s got the heart and resilience of a fighter.


Carlos-Javier-Ortiz-headshotCarlos Javier Ortiz is a director, cinematographer and documentary photographer who focuses on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities. In 2016, Ortiz received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. FILM: A Thousand Midnights The film marks the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration in which six million African Americans relocated from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from 1915 to 1970. Black migrants believed that the purported racial openness of the North would translate into more economic opportunity; however, as is the case with much of the American story, this dream remains out of reach for many.


Yoruba-Richen-headshotYoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced films in the U.S. and abroad including Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. Her films include: The New Black, Promised Land and Out in the Night. Richen is the Director of the Documentary program at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, a 2014 featured TED Speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a 2016 Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker award.