Arianna Williams is a teen activist and organizer based in NYC. As a photographer and filmmaker, Arianna has dedicated their art to creating spaces and telling stories that are often misrepresented or disregarded in mainstream media. Arianna has participated in various programs within the Teen Academy at the International Center of Photography including their yearlong Imagemakers program. They have had multiple films accepted into a variety of film festivals, including the Girl Improved Film and Television Festival (GIFT Fest), winning the “Audience Award” in 2020, and the “Best of the Fest” Award in 2021.
Throughout their work, Arianna explores common themes of growth, self reflection within different spaces, and the elaborate interconnections between themselves and those around them. In their photo series “Silent Presence” as well as their film Eyes Behind the Frame, Arianna has highlighted stories and experiences of black, LGBTQ+, woman/femme bodied and gender non-conforming, youth. Their current work is within research concerning the criminalization that young black girls experience in NYC public high schools due to their intersectionality. When they are not doing research, Arianna enjoys planning their future to travel the world.